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Germany midfielder Tony Kroos criticizes the World Cup in Qatar

BERLIN (AP) – Germany midfielder Tony Cross has said it was “wrong” for Qatar to win the World Cup next year, adding that it would be appropriate to highlight human rights issues during the tournament.

Kroos’ comments go beyond the criticism of several national teams, including Germany and Norway, who tried to draw attention to human rights issues before the final World Cup qualifiers.

“I think it’s wrong for this tournament to be awarded there,” Kroos said in a podcast hosted by his brother on Tuesday.

Kros noted the working conditions of migrant workers, saying they often “work without breaks, sometimes in 50-degree (els elsius) heat” without adequate drinking water. “Qatar is not a football country,” he said.

Cross, who was part of the German team, won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Gavat said the boycott campaign was unlikely to have much of an impact, but focusing on human rights issues during the tournament could help.

“You have to ask a question. What can a boycott of such a tournament bring? Is it really the case that something will improve dramatically there? Will working conditions change? I do not believe it, “said Kroos.

“Instead, I think it is possible to once again draw extreme attention to these issues, perhaps in advance or during a tournament like this, so that maybe something can be improved because of it.”

Cross, who plays for Real Madrid, is currently out of the German team due to injury.

Norway launched a human rights protest ahead of its game against Gibraltar last Wednesday, wearing T-shirts entitled “HUMAN RIGHTS” and “Respect off the field”. Germany backed down on its human rights record before the games, although its players and staff avoided direct criticism of Qatar, and teams such as Belgium and the Netherlands.


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