Kimmich: We are late with World Cup boycott

Kimmich: We are late with World Cup boycott

Germany national team midfielder Joshua Kimmich expressesd his opinion regarding possible boycott of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The 2022 World Cup boycott subject is gaining momentum. In the course of the qualifying matches for the world championship, several national teams defiantly showed their opinion about the holding of the tournament in Qatar. The national teams of Germany, the Netherlands and Norway took to the pitch wearing shirts calling attention to human rights violations.

The bottom line is that since 2010, when Qatar won the right to host the World Cup, 6,751 migrant workers have died. These are mainly citizens of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The first to signal were Norwegian Tromso, calling on the federation to boycott. The club's official statement said that Tromso are not going to promote the World Cup on their platforms, and also call on everyone to pay attention to the situation.

The Germany national team also joined the boycott by taking to the pitch wearing human rights jerseys. But among the Bundesteam players, opinions differ about what is happening. For example, Joshua Kimmich believes that the federations are late in promoting the boycott ideas, since the world championship will take place in a year and a half,

“I think we are ten years late with the boycott of the World Cup. It was decided to hold the tournament there not a year ago, but several years ago. A boycott should have been thought of then. Now we need to seize the opportunity and use our publicity to cover these topics. But we must work together, not just the players.

We are obliged to talk about such things. As for this topic, we tried to cover it with the help of a spontaneous promotion with T-shirts. In football, there is an opportunity to point to something, and we have to keep doing that,” Kimmich said.

There was as much talk of corruption around Qatar's victory in the vote to host the 2022 World Cup as there was about Russia's hosting of the 2018 World Cup. For these cases, Joseph Blatter and Michel Platini were suspended from football, but no one began to reconsider these cases.

In our opinion, both world cups demanded a revision, but FIFA did not want to set a precedent and sort it out, starting a chain reaction about all the decisions made before. It was much easier to leave everything as it is, which in the end they did. Therefore, the federations need to talk not only about the violation of human rights, but also about the irresponsible activities of FIFA, which allowed Qatar to hold the World Cup.