FIFA president Gianni Infantino has no understanding for clubs calling for a boycott of next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar. According to the Swiss, that is not “the right solution” and “nothing is achieved with it”.
Six Norwegian football clubs (Odd, Strømsgodset, Viking, Brann, Tromsø and Rosenborg) have asked their government and national football association to boycott the qualifying tournament for the World Cup.
“It’s always been the case that you can’t change things until you start a dialogue,” Infantino said at a news conference on Friday.
“Qatar has already made great strides when it comes to human rights in recent years. Maybe football and the upcoming World Cup have contributed to that. I’m looking forward to a fantastic World Cup.”
The British newspaper The Guardian reported two weeks ago that more than 6,500 workers from Asian countries have died in the past decade. Many foreign workers have been used to build stadiums for the World Cup.
“Construction sites directly linked to the World Cup have been home to three deaths since 2014,” Infantino said. “The deaths of another 34 other workers could not be directly explained by the work they did there.”