National Football Teams of Norway and Germany were seen protesting Qatar’s human rights record ahead of their European World Cup qualifying fixtures.
The display by these teams establishes a stance against the 2022 World Cup hosts’ alleged violations against migrant workers.
There have been several reports that thousands of migrants workers have died during the construction of stadiums in Qatar in recent years.
Norway’s players, however, will not be penalised by FIFA for supporting human rights in the Gulf nation. Laws of the game prevent players from using equipment that bears “any political, religious or personal slogans,” but FIFA has reportedly said they would be taking no action against the protest.
Borussia Dortmund and Norway’s star-striker Erling Haaland and his teammates wore t-shirts that read “Human Rights on and off the pitch”.
FIFA “has a responsibility to mitigate human rights risks that arise from the increase in business in these related sectors created by the tournament,” a letter sent to president Gianni Infantino said this week.