French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that sport should not be “politicised” as debate continues amid criticism of its climate cost and the human rights situation in that country, days ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“I think we should not politicize the sport. These questions must be asked when we give credit to the incident”, He launched in Bangkok, The announcement of his arrival in Qatar also made waves if the French team reached the semi-finals or final. The first-ever football World Cup in the Arab world, which begins on Sunday, has sparked a host of controversies over living conditions for local workers, the impact on air-conditioned stadium environments and the placement of LGBTQ+ women and minorities. ,
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These criticisms led some fans, especially those from Western Europe, to boycott the contest. Emmanuel Macron insisted “It was a very bad idea to politicize sport”Recalling that Paris was going to host the Olympic Games in 2024. He went to Russia in 2018 to attend the World Cup final against Croatia which was won by the Blues.
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The French team, which arrived in Doha on Wednesday, is cautious about its position on human rights. The players notably abandoned an initiative common to many European selections, which want their captains to wear an armband with colored stripes during the competition, in support of the fight against discrimination. FIFA has still not given the go-ahead for the operation, while homosexuality is considered a crime in the Ghaziabad emirate. This is important “show respect” For the host country, the captain of the Blues Hugo Lloris was justified.