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FIFA : We believe in the freedom of speech and in the power of Football as a force for good

FIFA : We believe in the freedom of speech and in the power of Football as a force for good
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FIFA felt touched by Germany’s passion for ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’ at the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena on March 26th, 2021. The incident came to be prior to Die Manschaftt’s game against Iceland in the 2022 Qatar World Qualifier. The protest conveyed the aversion of the German footballers against the atrocities committed by the Qatar government.

The atrocities spoke in volume to the human rights violation faced by the Qatari citizens due to their government’s lack of concern. Die Mannschaft hence wore a t-shirt over their football jerseys.

The jersey had the words ‘HUMAN RIGHTS: on and off the pitch’ written on it. The t-shirt symbolized their opinion on the actions of the 2022 World Cup hosts. Eventually, FIFA spoke about the issue in favor of DFB-Efl when addressing the case to the media.

In an interview on March 26th, 2021, a spokesperson from FIFA said, “We at FIFA promote the thought of free speech and the fact that football is a force for all things good.”

We refuse to punish someone for voicing their own opinions. No matter how political their statement is and what means of protest they followsaid a FIFA spokesperson.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar logotype (Photo by David Lidstrom/Getty Images)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar logotype (Photo by David Lidstrom/Getty Images)

Though Germany took up the issue, the players from Norway first protested against the Qatar government. They believe that no one should be treated as slaves, which is a violation of their rights as human beings.

However, FIFA has stood silent on the sidelines despite violent uproars during the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

FIFA learned from mistakes of the past

The construction of the giant football stadium in Rio de Janerio caused many protests in the streets. The protests originated after the Brazilian government received accusations about meager wages being paid to the laborers and failed to take necessary action against the perpetrators.

Due to the importance of the FIFA World Cup, the incident never received the priority it wanted. Thus, the officials in Rio got away with their acts of corruption and the protestors hence never got justice.

If the same situation reoccurred now, then the entire football community would have stood behind them and asked to boycott the tournament till justice prevailed.

FIFA has thus learned their past mistakes and refuses to sit back and be quiet in light of such worldly problems.

With the new perspective that they had, they booted former President Sepp Blatter from office for taking kickbacks from the Qatari government. Although Blatter left, Qatar still managed to keep its hold on hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Now, FIFA will ban the eight-five-year-old after further allegations against him were proven. The ban is based on a decision taken by the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

FIFA places six year ban on former President Sepp Blatter

Former president of World football's governing body FIFA, Sepp Blatter (C) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Former president of World football’s governing body FIFA, Sepp Blatter (C) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

The courts found him guilty on the charges of corruption, which prompted FIFA to place the Blatter ban. The Swiss national has been found guilty on a similar charge in the year 2015.

Once found guilty, he received a ban of ten years from the international organization. The latest ban will ban Blatter from FIFA for another six years, and his age, taken into consideration, he may never be a part of FIFA.

Therefore, FIFA is an organization that will punish the culprits seriously, as long as the allegations against them are true to fact.

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