At the end of the Guardian’s revelations on the death of more than 6,500 workers in Qatar on the 2022 World Cup construction sites, the temptation of a boycott resurfaced.
The attribution of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was controversial in December 2010. More than a decade has passed since then and the emirate remains the target of many detractors. A survey published by the Guardian last week reveals that more than 6,500 immigrant workers, most of them undocumented, have died on World Cup construction sites over the past ten years. Overwhelming finding which pushes some selections to ask the question of a boycott of the competition.
Faced with the growing revolt within the clubs of its elite, the Norwegian football league has convened an exceptional board of directors this week to discuss the subject. A new council is scheduled for March 14 to settle the question of a possible boycott of the 2022 World Cup by Norway – an unlikely outcome, however, since the president of the Norwegian federation has already publicly opposed this idea, like the flagship club of the country, the Rosenborg BK.
It must be said that Fifa has already promised sanctions to anyone who ventures into this field – brandishing the threat of outright exclusion from the 2026 World Cup, for example. There remains an emerging wave of protest, which in addition to Norway has already won Denmark where a radical elected by the name of Jens Rhode is demanding that the national team renounce the Qatari tournament. Several top Danish clubs have also launched a petition following the Guardian’s revelations.
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