German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach has been highly critical of the World Cup in Qatar and said it will only provide minimal cover to its players taking part in the tournament.
“It’s not fair that the World Cup is being held in Qatar,” Gladbach said in a statement on Thursday. “In our eyes, the values that Borussia defends are not compatible with the awarding and organization of this World Cup. Key criteria such as respect for human rights and the sustainable use of the resources of our planet must be taken into serious consideration when awarding future major international tournaments.The club referred to “a series of human rights abuses” in Qatar ahead of the tournament and said these got fans around the world thinking about how they should approach it.
“Our constitution states that as a club we must be neutral with regard to our ideology, partisan politics or faith, and unambiguously uphold a free democratic order. We are therefore committed to the principle of human rights and we actively oppose racism, xenophobia and unconstitutional behavior, as well as discriminatory or inhuman behavior. Gladbach acknowledged that the tournament is also a highlight in the players’ careers.
“To ignore this would not be fair in our eyes. As a result, we have made the decision to only report our players’ on-pitch activities on our club channels,” Gladbach said.
Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim previously said they were omitting coverage of the tournament which starts next week in protest at ‘human rights abuses and discrimination against gay people in the autocratic Gulf state’ . PA BS BS
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