Man United pair Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen speak out against Qatar hosting World Cup

Fernandes was in action on Sunday as the Premier League season played its last day before the only mid-season break to accommodate the World Cup in the Gulf state, which starts a week from today.

Controversy has surrounded Qatar as host of the finals since they were awarded in 2010, with the country’s treatment of migrant workers and criminalization of same-sex relationships among the issues that have caused the most concern.

Following United’s win at Craven Cottage, Fernandes was asked what he thought about taking a break from domestic action to play in the main tournament in the Gulf state.

“The World Cup is not the ideal time to play it, for everyone: children are in school, people will be working. It will not be the best time for people to watch the games,” Fernandes told Sky Sports.

“We have seen the surroundings in the last weeks and months, and about people who have died in the construction of the stadiums. We are not happy about that.

“We want football to be for everyone and for everyone to be included and involved in the World Cup. It’s the World Cup, it’s for everyone, no matter who. These kinds of things I think shouldn’t happen at any time.”

“But for a World Cup that is more than football, it’s a party for the fans and the players, and a joy to watch, it should be done in a better way.”


Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen was also on the scoresheet as United beat Fulham at Craven Cottage, his first goal for the club, and gave his thoughts on Qatar 2022.

“A lot has been mentioned,” Eriksen said. “No matter where it is, it’s football. We qualified and we’re just going to play football. I totally agree with Bruno. There’s a lot in the approach, how the World Cup was run and why it is.” in Qatar Everyone agrees that it hasn’t been done the right way.

“We are footballers, we play football, politics is something that is above us to make that decision. Of course we try to say our own and do what we can. We want to focus on that, but change has to come. from somewhere.” plus.”

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