Too late for Qatar 2022 boycott, says England manager Southgate (VIDEO) – Reuters


England national football team manager Gareth Southgate has hinted that a boycott of the 2022 World Cup would have little effect and would also come too late.

The Three Lions have already qualified for the FIFA tournament which will take place in November and December this year, and ahead of a friendly against Switzerland on Saturday Southgate joined German stars Joshua Kimmich and Toni Kroos who also registered the record. doubting the effect of such an action that many have called for.

“I don’t know what a boycott would bring”, Southgate confessed. “It would be a big story, but the tournament would go on and the fact is that the biggest non-religious and non-cultural issues are about what happened with the construction of the stadiums,” he added, regarding the 6,500 suspected deaths of migrants building the pitches that will host the matches of the competition.

“And unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about it now,” Southgate pointed out. “As soon as we entered this tournament, we should have decided what position we would take against Qatar.”

“Should we protest against them as a country or on a specific issue? asked Southgate. “Because if it is as a country, we are linked, as we have seen with Russia.”

“We have all kinds of investments with Qatar in this country. Are we all going to stop shopping at Sainsburys or protest the Shard?” he offered, mentioning the famous British supermarket chain and the London skyscraper.

“We are in such a complex world as we have seen with people criticizing the Saudi investment in Newcastle [United] and then we ask them to reduce oil prices so that we can get our gasoline cheaper,” Southgate continued, before revealing that the players had been made aware of the issues in Qatar in recent days.

“Conversations with the players were very important. We were trying to narrow down an incredible amount of information in key areas and it caused a lot of discussion between them.” Southgate started on that.

“They’re thinking about how best to react to try to influence things. Some of the religious and cultural aspects are going to be very difficult to change, but there’s an opportunity to use our voices in a positive way.”

“All these discussions regarding diplomatic relations and relations with other countries are extremely complicated and I don’t think it’s a decision that the players or myself can make,” he added. Southgate claimed.


Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, who has been with the England squad for more than a decade, is one of the squad to have already come out and remarked on how shocked he was by the talks.

“I had heard a lot about Qatar but it was difficult to know what was going on, what was true and what was not,” Henderson started. “I played the Club World Cup there with Liverpool three years ago and as far as I’m concerned there were no problems.”

“We were only there for a week and everything was fine with the accommodation and the stadium and there were no problems with the fans, so everything seemed OK.

“But when we got a proper briefing from the FA the other day, it was quite shocking and horrifying to hear some of the issues that happened there.

“It took us a while to digest and it sparked a conversation within the team because it’s a very important topic and we need to figure out what we want to do in the future.” Henderson insisted, saying the World Cup was a “an opportunity to shed light on the problems that exist”. “Maybe we can use our platforms to bring about a change for the better,” Henderson also said.

Describing how England captain Harry Kane plans to talk to his counterparts from other teams, Henderson agreed that “everything we decide to do as a team will be criticized and will never be enough” but isn’t it”why we do it”.


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“We are trying to make a difference in the world for positive change and I think everyone knows that we will always stand against discrimination. People were wondering why we were taking the knee and at first I was hearing from fans we boo for doing it.”, Henderson recalled, after England were mocked by their fans in a friendly leading up to Euro 2020 where they reached the final.

“But all I hear now is cheers, so I think we’ve made some positive changes in a very short time. But there’s a lot of work to be done and we will continue to do that as a team and as a team. as individuals”, Henderson concluded.




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