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'Got to pick his words carefully': World Cup chief answers Southgate over 'issues' with Qatar as hosts

After the England manager asked about the treatment of migrants in the Gulf State, Gareth Southgate was told by the Qatar World Cup’s head to “pick his words carefully”. He also said that it would be a shame if some people didn’t travel for safety reasons to Qatar.

Sky Sports News CEO Qatar 2022, Nasser Al Khater, stated: “My question is to the coach, has he been Qatar ?”

“Because it’s kind of an issue, if you base your opinions on things you’ve read.

“Somebody who has a lot influence, like Southgate or someone with a large audience that listens to his words, must be careful with what they say.”


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Image: Southgate hopes to do better at Euro 2020 than he did in 2020. Pic: AP

Since Qatar was awarded the World Cup finals, 2010 has been plagued by allegations about the treatment of migrants and poor human rights records.

To cope with extreme heat, the tournament was moved from summer into winter.

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Southgate recently stated that he is now “clear” about the issues surrounding hosting the World Cup in the Region and that he intends to have talks with his squad on these matters.

Al Khater encouraged the coach to look at things for himself and added: “He must come here and talk to workers and understand how workers get out being here.”

He said that this included putting their children through university and building homes. These stories are “the stories nobody hears”.

Image: Workers march to the Lusail stadium, which will host final. Pic by AP

Southgate also expressed concern about England’s LGBTQ+ supporters. They may not be able to travel to the Gulf State where male homosexuality could result in a prison sentence and same-sex marriages will not be recognized by the government. Women’s rights in the Gulf State are more limited than elsewhere in the world.

Al Khater claimed that Qatar was the most secure country in the Middle East, and the second-safest in the entire world. He also said that people would feel safe and comfortable there.

He said, “What I can tell fans is that we are a modest nation, we have culture, and we have norms. What we ask is that they respect it.” “Whether you’re a gay couple or a heterosexual couple we all have the same norms and we view it the same way.

Southgate offered to meet him in Qatar on Friday, when the draw for the World Cup group stage will be made.

He said, “When someone has a different view, you tell them your side.” We can disagree, but that’s fine.


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