football traditionThe claim that Qatar has little football culture debunks what many analysts have described as a lack of Western vision. Qatar has had a football culture since 1948, when oil workers organized matches among themselves. Both young and old generations play the sport in parks and schools alike, and the Qatar national team has won the Arabian Gulf Cup three times in addition to the inaugural AFC Asian Cup.
Boycott callsIn recent months there have been increasing calls from European bodies to boycott the 2022 World Cup. These efforts have been mirrored by national teams such as Norway, the Netherlands and Germany. While the teams have since lifted their boycott, members of their teams are actively engaged in the welfare of migrant workers. However, these efforts fail to mention the huge changes implemented by the Qatari government. Significant progress has been made on labor issues with the ongoing abolition of the kafala system, implementation of the minimum wage law, and implementation of the minimum wage law 83.25 million QAR reimbursed by contractors to migrant workers. While these efforts are not enough to boast of a completely changed system, including workers’ rights, some migrant workers are still not receiving their full salaries and reports of abuse by business owners, including the seizure of assets belonging to workers; Reports from reputable human rights groups and organizations such as the United Nations International Labor Organization demonstrate progress by the Qatari government as it actively works to resolve issues related to human rights abuses and exploitation. The academic Dr. Justin Martin outlined the apparent hypocrisy in Eric Cantona’s call for a boycott, pointing out that Cantona not only followed the previous World Cup in Russia, but actively promoted it; despite Russia’s poor human rights record.
Boycotts of previous World Cups in Russia and Brazil have not been seriously discussed, despite both nations having poor human rights records. This has led many to believe that recent calls to boycott Qatar 2022 are part of a broader smear campaign against Doha.
Eric Cantona says he will not watch the World Cup in Qatar for human rights reasons. It’s hard to take him seriously as he literally sang to promote the WC in Russia, where LGBTQ symbols are illegal, journalists have been routinely jailed and protesters have been beaten and disappeared https://t.co/jYLgTrHeiA— Justin D. Martin | جاستن مارتن (@Justin_D_Martin) January 15, 2022