Football is the most popular sport on the face of the planet, and often deemed as a great medium to get one’s message across to the millions of its followers in the world. When imprinted on footballers’ shirts, a message often does get across – as it did when Germany met Iceland in a Group J 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying round match at the MSV-Arena last night.
The German national team were the latest to send a message against Qatar’s human rights record after Norway players wore t-shirts that read ‘Human rights on and off the pitch’ before their qualifier against Gibraltar last night.
Before the game commenced, the German players lined up in unison for the national anthem as their shirts spelt out the words ‘Human Rights’.
Germany made their stance on Qatar hosting next year’s FIFA World Cup quite clear – as they sent their message of solidarity standing with the migrant workers building the World Cup venues in Qatar for the finals of the greatest show on earth to be held next year.
The German team put on their display of solidarity with the hundreds of workers who have built the grandiose arenas to hold the World Cup – the gesture was well-timed as the debate grows over alleged human right abuse that took place in Qatar, the controversial hosts of football’s most prestigious tournament.
Not only were Germany successful at sending their message, but they also won the game 3-0 – courtesy of goals from Leon Goretzka, Kai Havertz and Ilkay Gundogan.
Germany joined Norway in protesting Qatar’s human rights record before their World Cup qualifier.— ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) March 26, 2021
A reported 6,500 migrant workers have died in work-related accidents since Qatar won the rights to the 2022 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/gOVBjLrqRp