Norway has carried out most publicized attacks on Qatar’s human rights record, but will still play in qualifying competition
The Norwegian Federation (NFF) has confirmed that the national team will not boycott the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Previously, the national team had worn T-shirts to protest the host country’s human rights record.
Meanwhile, a vote has been called by the top team Tromso, who have tabled a motion that the national team should not attempt to qualify.
The NFF board confirmed on Sunday that it had succeeded in preventing the national team from boycotting the competition. Instead, he will offer FIFA and the Qatari authorities a 26-point plan that should be implemented.
In a report, he said: “The extraordinary federal meeting on Sunday devoted many hours to the consideration of the question of Qatar. 368 voted for and 121 voted against the proposal of the board of directors of the NFF.
In addition, it was confirmed that Sandar IL proposed that the NFF work for more countries to join Norway in pressuring Qatar to improve its human rights record. This was adopted by a majority of 437 votes to 29. “
How did it come to this?
This problem was highlighted by Tromso, who nodded in March: “Tromso IL thinks it is time for football to stop and take a few steps back. We should think about the purpose of football and why so many people love our sport. That corruption, modern day slavery and a high number of worker deaths are the basis of our most important tournament, the World Cup, is totally unacceptable.
In addition, the Norwegian players entered the pitch ahead of a World Cup qualifying match against Gibraltar, all wearing T-shirts bearing the inscription: ‘Human rights – on and off the pitch’.
Head coach Stale Solbakken explained to TV2: “That’s kind of what we’ve been talking about, to focus on part of what has been a discussion off the pitch. The boys were eager to do it and I’m here to lead by example.
Meanwhile, Germany wore T-shirts that said “Human Rights” before playing. Iceland and the Netherlands also protested.