Former Tottenham midfielder and now Manchester United star Christian Eriksen says he’s not happy with all that has been said and written about the World Cup to be staged in Qatar but wanted to concentrate on just being a footballer.
With barely six days until the start of the World Cup, FIFA has instructed countries to “focus on football“. Qatar has been under media scrutiny for their stands on same sex marriage, human rights and treatment of migrant workers with reports on the Guardian starting that 6,500 migrants workers have died while working on construction sites.
Qatar has denied those numbers saying that most of the people would have been living and working in the country legally and would have died from old age or natural causes. But Eriksen who will be playing at the World Cup with Denmark says the change the world is looking for needs to come from somewhere else instead of focusing on the footballers.
He told sky: “change has to come from somewhere else. A lot has been written, there’s a lot of focus on how it’s happened and why it’s in Qatar. I don’t agree with how it’s happened, but we’re footballers and we play football.”
Denmark will wear an all black kit at some point during the World Cup in protest to Qatar hosting the tournament. England captain Harry Kane will also wear the rainbow armed band to send a clear message of inclusiveness.
There had been calls for some countries to boycott the tournament due to human right issues and constant reports that so much bribery and corruption went into awarding Qatar the rights to host the tournament.