On Thursday, the European Parliament came up with a written decision on the human rights situation in Qatar.
In the decision that the parliamentarians finally landed on, heavy fire was directed at the International Football Association and the awarding of the Qatar World Cup.
The EU believes that the allocation was made on the basis of credible statements about corruption and bribery, and was described as extensive, systematic and deeply rooted.
The parliamentarians believe that Fifa has damaged the “reputation and integrity of international football”, and ask that EU countries, which have influence in good national leagues such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain, must exert pressure on Fifa and the European Football Association to get Fifa reformed.
– It must include the transfer of democratic and transparent procedures when awarding the football World Cup and strict implementation of human rights and sustainability criteria for the host country, it says.
Professor of political science at NTNU, Jo Jakobsen, believes that the decision could, in the worst case, create a complete rift between Fifa, Uefa and the EU.
– It is clearly a Western action, initiated by Western countries. FIFA is a global organization consisting of 211 countries. Europe only has a quarter of the power, so what Europe can do is limited. In the worst case, it will only create a complete rift between Fifa, Uefa and the EU, says Jakobsen to NRK.
The decision comes after Fifa banned the use of “OneLove” armbands during the championship, a few days before the championship kicked off. Initially, the team had been allowed to wear the armband to show their support for human rights and the right to love whomever one wants.
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The ban did not go down well with Germany.
On Wednesday, Germany marked against the ban, with everyone in the starting line-up keeping their mouths shut before the start of the match, in addition to the German Football Association announcing legal action against Fifa.
– It was a message from the team, from all of us, that Fifa is giving us a muzzle, said Germany’s national team manager Hansi Flick about the marking.
Newspaper Bild wrote that the union was considering taking the matter up to the sport’s forced marriage court (CAS),
– Fifa has stopped us from showing a symbol of diversity and human rights. They have done it at the same time as threatening us with sporting sanctions, without specifying them, said Steffen Simon of the German Football Association.
According to Bild, the German association wants the case to be dealt with quickly, so that a first decision can be made within 48 hours.
– It is a natural step for the German Football Association to take. Based on my knowledge of judges in CAS, i.e. former colleagues of mine, many will have great sympathy for Germany’s decision to take this in, said Bård Racin Meltvedt, lawyer and former CAS judge to NRK on Wednesday.
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After Germany’s selection against Japan, France’s sports minister encouraged the French national football team to join forces for a symbolic selection in support of human rights during the Qatar World Cup.
– Is there still a way that our French team can continue to express its commitment to human rights? The answer is yes, said Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, according to NTB.
Denmark’s assistant coach, Morten Wieghorst, believes it would have been strong if several teams followed up the selection to Germany.
– Personally, I think it was a good mark. It would be even stronger if someone had followed up, he said at Thursday’s press conference, according to Ritzau.
NRK will come back with more.