Qatar: commitment to the blues?

As the World Cup in Qatar approaches, debate and controversy surrounding the players intensifies. States and associations have resorted to diplomatic silence, NGOs and unions are now addressing those who will step onto the poisoned turf to carry their speech. And the French team, defending champions, are at the forefront in terms of their status as world champions and the stars that populate their workforce. To make us even prouder of her?

For several years, Amnesty International has campaigned vigorously and courageously for human rights, particularly those of migrant workers, to be respected. She has never called for a boycott, only for FIFA to oblige the emirate to honor a certain number of commitments. Today, she is calling for a solidarity and compensation fund for the families of workers who died on the spot (estimates at several thousand coffins) to support a 62-page report on human rights abuses. Given the massive ticket machine that the event has become, it would be a minimal gesture. “Qatar, FIFA, the Organizing Committee and other stakeholders, including businesses, are all independently responsible for making a financial contribution to a reparation program.” , says the organization. We know with what contempt Gianni Infantino has already responded to this request.

From now on, the NGO challenges the future capés in a letter, while Didier Deschamps published his list. “You will become a legend when, as reigning world champions, you help us to defend and support people of immigrant backgrounds who work in degrading conditions.(…) Are you stronger than the Danes on the pitch? Be the same in your claims demands the NGO. It would be a gesture of justice for those who pay a heavy price for this competition to exist. » The move is quite rare. Normally, this type of organization is more geared towards states and decision-making structures like FIFA. This time, given the interested silence of governments, including that of Emmanuel Macron, and the passive complicity of football authorities, attention is asked, accompanied by a speech by footballers. Incidentally, we cannot stress enough that the primary responsibility lies with the authorities, as the FFF benefits from a delegation of public services…

Media debate, political cowardice?

Asked about the subject at a press conference, Didier Deschamps tried to save time: “It’s a sensitive subject, very sensitive. It is neither my role nor that of the players to put pressure on the FFF. What I can say is that the necessary precautions have been taken to follow closely what is happening in Qatar. I don’t want to get caught up in a media debate that doesn’t prevent everyone from having and always having their freedom of expression. I’m not here to gag mouths. In answering your question, I step directly into what I oppose: the media debate. I think I’ve proven time and again since then that I make sure to understand everything and be tolerant. » Strictly speaking, it is far from a media debate, just an ethical and political question.

We understand his uneasiness. Already last March he dodged as best he could: “We move in the sporting field. Neither the players nor I nor you have decided that the competition will be held there. There are decision makers who have made decisions. We’re told it’s there, it’s there. After that, I might be matter-of-fact, pragmatic, but that’s the reality. I don’t want to hide the reality of the problems related to the state of this World Cup. As a citizen, I want to send a message of peace. » This speech, worthy of a candidate for the Miss France crown, returned the hot potato to those who awarded the World Cup to Qatar and its boss, Noël Le Graët. The latter responded good-naturedly during the congress in Doha, after the president of the Norwegian federation threw a stone into the pond: “I think Qatar reacted well. There were concerns. We all had them. But to be honest, I haven’t had one for three years. look what happens Arriving in a country like this is rather a good thing for them and for everyone, it will speed up mentalities. »

A specific idea of ​​football?

Should Amnesty now speak directly to the Blues as a last resort? Is it their responsibility to position themselves? What will become of this terrible saying, which was already being spread during the 1978 World Cup in the shadow of the Argentine dictatorship: “As soon as the ball rolls, we forget everything”? However, Amnesty International recognizes that the context has changed. Football occupies a social and even political place on an unprecedented scale. The evolution of the French football team, which represents the country of “liberty, equality, fraternity” and human rights, cannot remain without consequences in such a situation, especially when, on the contrary, their duty to set an example is required at all times. After all, they are only asked to speak because – according to DD – they can do so without any risk. Neither the FFF nor FIFA clarifies that, let alone our government. Recently, some have stepped out of their traditional reticence, such as when it comes to police violence. Antoine Griezmann refused a sponsor out of solidarity with the Uyghurs. We saw a few knees down during the Euros. And, of course, Kylian Mbappé turned down a photoshoot with some brands, specifically to underscore his disapproval of junk food. Can he go to Qatar without a word for the dead so the ball rolls at his feet? De Gaulle had a certain idea of ​​France. Will the still Paris striker have some idea of ​​football?

By Nicolas Kssis-Martov

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