The players of the France team announced this Tuesday, November 15 their intention to provide financial support to NGOs working “for the protection of human rights” and reminded them “attachment” to “refusal of any form of discrimination” before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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In a letter posted on social media, the reigning world champions acknowledge “a troubled context” around this World Cup: “Each of us must do our part” of responsibility, they explain, joining other qualified nations which have already spoken on the subject, such as Australia, the United States or Denmark.
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The Blues had remained fairly discreet, so far, in their positions on human rights, a subject which crystallized criticism from NGOs on the sidelines of this first World Cup organized in an Arab country, in particular on the living conditions of workers in the construction sites of the competition.
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“In the troubled context of this World Cup, we want, through this collective letter, to recall our commitment to respect for human rights and our refusal of any form of discrimination”indicates the courier.
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The financial support promised by the players of the French team will materialize through an endowment fund called Generation 2018, created in recent months by the 2018 world champions and “intended to finance actions with a social impact” who are close to their hearts.
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Initially, it was envisaged that France captain Hugo Lloris would wear an inclusive armband with colored stripes, alongside several captains from European nations, in the emirate where homosexuality is criminalized.
But the president of the Federation Noël Le Graët indicated that he was not very favorable to it, casting doubt on the participation of the Blues in this operation. Lloris himself explained on Monday that he counted “show respect” to the host country. “When we welcome foreigners to France, we often want them to follow our rules and respect our culture”he said at a press conference.
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Several qualified nations have taken a stand on these issues in recent days, through various means. Australia has published a video where fifteen players protested against rights violations in Qatar. The Danish selection had for its part considered training in Qatar with pro human rights jerseys, before seeing its request rejected by Fifa, organizer of the event.
In a letter, the latter has urged qualified teams in recent days to “focus on football” and not to fall “in every ideological or political battle”.