Qatar is yet again in news for imposing an ‘autocratic rule book’ prescribed as standing instructions towards the forthcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup to be held in Doha.
But Liverpool Club fans have already slammed Qatar for its dubious human rights record; and are questioning the whole act of prescribing a public conduct rule book.
While the Liverpool Football Club (LFC) has published this list of extensive rules to be followed by players and fans at the venue, LFC has not minced its words to state that the stringent rules make all the things they do back home in England, ‘kind of unacceptable in the host nation’s land.”
Starting from conservative dress code for women, to no display of affection in public, there is an extensive list of do(s) and don’t(s), that does not seem to be going well with the rest of the world, participating in the forthcoming World Cup.
Qatar’s stand over the gay community is also receiving much flake. The contesting teams in the FIFA World Cup comprise a huge number of gay players as well.
Qatar administration has listed down some strict rules over the LGBT community and their presence in Doha.
Liverpool fans have reportedly lashed out at Qatar for ‘mixing football with its traditions and customs’.
Many are pointing on how contradictory are the rules have completely side-stepped the whole issue of violation of human rights towards migrant workers, who have worked tooth and nail to erect the various facilities to be used in the FIFA World Cup.
Qatar has been repeatedly questioned by Human Rights watchdogs like Amnesty International over its blatant violation of migrant worker’s human rights.
The rule book also expects women to cover their arms and legs, couples to carry their marriage certificates to enter the country, men and women to be sitting, refrain from wearing colours that promote the LGBT sentiment and to also report any psychological or mental issues that might hamper the performance of a game or peace of the community at large.
It is, therefore, no wonder then that football club has now boycotted a hosting hotel for stay, on the pretext that the site is marred with human rights violation allegations.
They have decided to look for alternative accommodation themselves, something that sports analysts believe will bring Qatar’s blatant misuse of migrant manpower into further scrutiny.
Qatar has been amid long-standing allegations of migrant worker abuse. Currently, FIFA and the Qatari authorities have no choice but to be responsive to all of the club’s requests.
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