Dutch coach Louis van Gaal criticizes hosting World Cup in Qatar

By Piyush


Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal stated it was absurd that this year’s World Cup was being organized in Qatar, blaming FIFA of taking the tourney to the Middle East emirate for money and commercial reasons.

Van Gaal stated the world soccer governing body’s purposes for awarding the finals to Qatar, where his team will be participating at the 21st of November – 18th of December finals, were false.

“We will be playing in a country where FIFA say we are going to help develop football. That is bullshit,” he notified in a conference on Monday as his team began preparations for friendly games versus Denmark and Germany in the coming 8 days.

“The tournament in Qatar is about money and commercial interest. That is what matters to FIFA.”

Van Gaal, stated he is part of a commission within the Dutch FA (KNVB) which gathers every month to assess the preceding situation in Qatar concerning human rights.

The KNVB has been among the few football associations to condemn human rights and working environment in Qatar.

The KNVB in a statement previous year following a visit to the country stated that, “it has never been in favour of holding the World Cup in Qatar and of course certainly doesn’t approve of the way in which migrant workers are treated there.”

Qatar has faced international probe over the handling of workers ever since it achieved the rights in 2010 to host the first World Cup in the Middle East.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper mentioned it had computed that there had been at least 6,500 migrant worker mortality in Qatar since the country got the hosting rights.

Qatar has stated the reported demises were within the anticipated range for the size and demographics of the population of the workers concerned, and that the death rate had regularly decreased since 2010 because of health and safety reforms.


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