Qatar : engagement pour les Bleus ?

Qatar : engagement pour les Bleus ?

As the World Cup in Qatar is fast approaching, the debate and the controversies are tightening around the players. States and federations having taken refuge in diplomatic silence, NGOs and unions are now turning directly to those who will tread the poisoned lawns to carry their speech. And the French team, defending champion, is in the front line with regard to its status as world champion and the stars who populate its workforce. To make us even more proud of them?

Amnesty International has for several years been campaigning intensely and courageously to ensure that the human rights, especially of migrant workers, are respected. She never demanded a boycott, just that FIFA oblige the emirate to respect a certain number of commitments. Today, she claims, in support of a 62-page report on human rights violations, a solidarity and compensation fund for the families of workers who died on the spot (estimates suggest several thousand coffins). It would be a minimum gesture in view of the huge ticket machine that the event has become. “Qatar, FIFA, the Organizing Committee and other actors, including companies, all have a responsibility, independently of each other, to contribute financially to a reparations program” , says the organization. We know with what contempt Gianni Infantino has already responded to this request.

From now on, the NGO challenges in a letter the future capés, while Didier Deschamps issued his list. “You will enter into legend if, as reigning world champions, you help us to defend and support migrant people working in undignified conditions.(…) Are you stronger than the Danes on the pitch? Be just as much in your claims urges the NGO. It would be a gesture of justice for those who pay a high price for this competition to exist. » The move is quite rare. Usually, this type of organization is more aimed at States and decision-making structures such as FIFA. This time, awareness is sought, accompanied by a speech by footballers, in the face of the interested silence of governments, including that of Emmanuel Macron, and the passive complicity of football authorities. We can never stress enough in passing that the first responsibility falls on the authorities, since the FFF benefits from a delegation of public service …

Media debate, political cowardice?

Asked about the subject at a press conference, Didier Deschamps tried to save time: “It is a sensitive subject, very sensitive. It is neither my role nor that of the players to put pressure on the FFF. What I can say is that the necessary arrangements have been made to be attentive to what is happening in Qatar. Now, I don’t want to get into a media debate, which does not prevent each person from having and always having their freedom of expression. I’m not here to gag mouths. If I answer your question, I enter right into what I refuse: the media debate. Afterwards, I think I have proven over and over again that I make sure to understand everything and to be tolerant. » Precisely, it is anything but a media debate, just an ethical and political question.

We understand his discomfort. Last March, already, he dodged as best he could: “We are in a sporting sphere. It was neither the players, nor me, nor you, who decided that the competition would be played there. There are decision makers who have decided. We are told that she is there, she is there. Afterwards, I may be factual, pragmatic, but that’s the reality. I do not want to hide the reality of the problems related to the condition of this World Cup. As a citizen, I want to send a message of peace. » This speech worthy of a candidate for the crown of Miss France returned the hot potato to those who had awarded the World Cup to Qatar and its boss, Noël Le Graët. The latter, during the congress in Doha, after the president of the Norwegian federation threw a stone into the pond, replied good-naturedly: “I think Qatar responded well. There were concerns. We’ve all had them. But quite frankly, for three years, I no longer have any. Look what happens. Arriving in a country like this is rather a good thing for them and for everyone, it will speed up mentalities. »

A certain idea of ​​football?

So is Amnesty right now, as a last resort, to speak directly to the Blues? Is it their responsibility to position themselves? What becomes of this terrible adage already released during the 1978 World Cup in the shadow of the Argentine dictatorship: “As soon as the ball rolls, we forget everything”? However, Amnesty International knows that the context has changed. Football occupies a social and even political place on an unprecedented scale. Evolving for the French football team, representing the country of “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” and human rights cannot be without consequences in such a situation, especially when, opposite, their duty to set an example is required at all times. Finally, they are only asked to speak, since they can – according to DD – without risk. This clears neither the FFF nor FIFA, let alone our government. In recent times, some have come out of their traditional reserve, for example concerning police violence. Antoine Griezmann turned down a sponsor out of solidarity with the Uyghurs. We saw a few knees down during the Euro. And of course, Kylian Mbappé refused a photo shoot with a few brands, in particular to mark his refusal of junk food. Can he go to Qatar without a word for those who died so that the ball rolls at his feet? De Gaulle had a certain idea of ​​France. Will the still Parisian striker have a certain idea of ​​football?

By Nicolas Kssis-Martov

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