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Qatar World Cup choice slammed

Norwegian FA president, Lise Klaveness, has called out Fifa for allowing Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.

And at the 72nd FIFA Congress, Klaveness blasted Fifa’s 2010 decision to award the Gulf State this year’s World Cup.

Klaveness said: “In 2010, the World Cup was awarded by Fifa in unacceptable ways with unacceptable consequences.

“Human rights, equality, democracy, the core interests of football, were not in the starting XI until many years later.

“These basic rights were pressured on as substitutes, mainly by outside voices.

“Fifa has later addressed these issues, but there is still a long way to go.

“The migrant workers injured or families of those who died in the build-up to the World Cup should be cared for.

“Fifa, all of us, must now take all necessary measures to really implement change.

“There is no room for employers who do not secure the freedom and safety of World Cup workers.

“No room for leaders that cannot host the women’s game.

“No room for hosts that cannot legally guarantee the safety and respect of LGBTQ+ people coming to this theatre of dreams.”

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