Socceroos accused of hypocrisy by Piers Morgan over World Cup protest, Qatar responds

The Socceroos have been accused of hypocrisy by British TV personality Piers Morgan following their protest message to Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Australia has become one of the first World Cup-bound nations to speak out against Qatar’s same-sex laws and treatment of migrant workers ahead of next month’s tournament.

Via video created via Professional footballers Australia16 Socceroos players have called on Qatar to legalize same-sex marriage and improve migrant rights in the Gulf country.

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However, Morgan – who made his name as a presenter on Good Morning Britain – branded Australia’s stance “hypocritical” as they were still playing in the World Cup.

“Nice, virtue-signalling words…I guess you’re going to boycott the tournament now? Or do you guys just not care THAT much?” Morgan tweeted.

“Either go play football or don’t go. Pretending to be outraged by a country’s morals but then actively promoting the country is hypocritical.

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“I find the false moral outrage around ‘sports washing’ increasingly irritating. If you want to take a moral stand, fine – do it properly and boycott the event/country that violates your morals. Or shut up and play sports.”

Qatar also responded to Australia’s announcement with a statement from their Supreme Committee on Delivery and Legacy.

“We applaud footballers who use their platforms to raise awareness of important issues,” the statement read.

“We have made every effort to ensure that this World Cup has a transformative impact on improving lives, particularly for those involved in building the competitive and non-competitive venues for which we are responsible.”

“Protecting the health, safety, security and dignity of every worker who contributes to this World Cup is our priority.

“This is achieved through our commitment to holding contractors accountable through our worker welfare standards, continuous work to improve health and safety practices, creation and development of worker representation forums in collaboration with international unions and experts, robust auditing, which includes an independent third-party monitor, working with contractors to ensure that workers who have paid recruitment fees are entitled to reimbursement, and ensuring that these policies lead to a change in work culture that lasts far beyond 2022.”

The 16 Socceroos players who contributed to the video were captain Matty Ryan, Bailey Wright, Jamie McLaren, Nick D’Agostino, Jackson Irvine, Craig Goodwin, Danny Vukovic, Andrew Redmayne, Matthew Leckie, Mitchell Duke, Mitch Langerak, Dennis Genro, Cameron Devlin, Adam Taggart, Kai Rawls and Alex Wilkinson.

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“We support FIFPro, International Building and Wood Workers International and the International Trade Union Confederation as they seek to implement reforms and create a lasting legacy in Qatar,” the players said in the video.

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“This must include the creation of a resource center for migrants, effective protection for those who have been denied their rights, and the decriminalization of all same-sex relationships.”

“These are fundamental rights that must be granted to all and will ensure continued progress in Qatar – a legacy that goes far beyond the final whistle at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

The government of Qatar does not recognize same-sex marriage and does not allow protests in the country on this issue.

According to the Qatari government, there have been 37 deaths among workers at World Cup stadium construction sites between 2014 and 2020. However, other sources disagree that this number is accurate.

A February 2021 Guardian report, citing records from national embassies, claimed that more than 6,500 workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had died in Qatar by the time of the report since the Gulf nation was awarded the World Cup hosting rights in 2010



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