World Cup in Qatar: “We must not politicize sport”, says Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron estimated this Thursday, November 17 that it was not necessary “politicizing sport” while the World Cup in Qatar continues to be debated a few days before its kick-off because of its climate cost and criticism of the human rights situation in this country.

“I think we shouldn’t politicize sport. These questions must be asked when attributing the event”he launched in Bangkok, the announcement of his arrival in Qatar if the French team arrives in the semi-finals or final having also made waves.

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The first Football World Cup ever organized in the Arab world, which begins on Sunday, has sparked several controversies, as much on the living conditions of local workers, the impact on the environment of air-conditioned stadiums and the place of women and LGBTQ minorities. +.

These criticisms caused some fans, especially from Western Europe, to boycott the competition.

No colored armbands for French players

Emmanuel Macron insisted that “it was a very bad idea to politicize sport”recalling that Paris was going to organize the Olympic Games in 2024.

He went to Russia in 2018 to attend the World Cup final won by the Blues against Croatia.

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The French team, which arrived in Doha on Wednesday, remains cautious in its position on human rights. The players notably renounced an initiative common to several European selections, who want their captain to wear an armband with colored stripes during the competition, in support of the fight against discrimination.

Fifa has still not given the green light to this operation, while homosexuality is criminalized in the gas emirate.

It’s necessary “show respect” to the organizing country, justified the captain of Blues, Hugo Lloris.

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