AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) – Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal mentioned it was ridiculous that this yr’s World Cup was being performed in Qatar, accusing Fifa of taking the event to the Middle East emirate for cash and business causes.
Van Gaal mentioned the world soccer governing physique’s causes for awarding the event to Qatar, the place his facet can be competing on the Nov 21-Dec 18 Finals, have been spurious.
“We will be playing in a country where Fifa say we are going to help develop football. That is bullshit,” he advised a information convention on Monday (March 21) as his facet started preparations for friendlies in opposition to Denmark and Germany in the subsequent eight days.
The friendlies type a part of the Dutch preparations for the Finals after they certified final November.
“The tournament in Qatar is about money and commercial interest. That is what matters to Fifa.”
Van Gaal, 70, mentioned he’s a part of a fee throughout the Dutch FA (KNVB) which meets each month to guage the continued state of affairs in Qatar with reference to human rights.
The KNVB has been among the many few soccer associations to criticise human rights and dealing situations in Qatar.
“The KNVB has never been in favour of holding the World Cup in Qatar and of course certainly doesn’t approve of the way in which migrant workers are treated there,” it mentioned in an announcement final yr after a go to to the nation.
Qatar has confronted worldwide scrutiny over the remedy of staff ever because it received the rights in 2010 to host the primary World Cup in the Middle East.
Last yr Dutch gamers, together with these of Germany and Norway, wore shirts earlier than World Cup qualifiers voicing issues over human rights in Qatar.
Britain’s Guardian newspaper mentioned it had calculated that there had been a minimum of 6,500 migrant employee deaths in Qatar for the reason that nation received the hosting rights.
Qatar has mentioned the reported deaths have been throughout the anticipated vary for the dimensions and demographics of the inhabitants of the employees involved, and that the mortality fee had constantly declined since 2010 because of well being and security reforms.