Germany are beginning their preparations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with games in the UEFA Nations League against Hungary and England during the current international break. Several have already called on teams to boycott the World Cup and German coach Hansi Flick believes that the competition should not have been awarded to Qatar.
“Was it right to award the World Cup to Qatar? This questions should have been answered much earlier, with a no!” Flick told Süddeutsche Zeitung in an exclusive interview (translation via iMiaSanMia). “Fact is that in Qatar when it comes to human rights, when it comes to sustainability, a lot is not right, it’s obvious.
“At the beginning of the World Cup qualifiers, the team made a statement with the words ‘Human Rights’ on their shirts, we had workshops and the issue of human rights will be on the agenda again now.”
Germany host Hungary on Thursday and face England on Monday in the Nations League. Flick will be without Marco Reus, who has had to withdraw through injury and has been replaced by RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Henrichs.