Football teams protesting against Qatar 2022 World Cup

Footballers are staging on-field protests in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers to highlight Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers and its human rights record that have been under the spotlight since it was awarded the hosting of next year’s tournament.

Football teams are speaking up against the harsh working conditions, especially during the summer when temperature often goes past 40C (104F), wage abuse — including on a World Cup stadium site — and lack of rights afforded to migrant workers, who comprise about 95 percent of Qatar’s population.

Norway, Germany and Netherlands are the countries that are protesting wearing tshirts with the words “Football supports change”, HUMAN RIGHTS” and “On and off the pitch”.