December 2022 NewsLetter Newsletter

Football World Cup Good News 

  • A YouGov poll found that more than half of English football supporters would have supported the national team or individual players boycotting the World Cup in Qatar.
  • Cards of Qatar show the faces and stories of workers from Bangladesh, India and Nepal who died during the preparation for the World Cup. Copies are being showcased in the National Football Museum in Manchester.
  • A Qatari now living in the USA who established the Alwan Foundation which fights for LGBT+ rights in the Gulf Region has now launched Proud Maroons (after the colour of the Qatari flag), a Qatari fan club for LGBT+ people and their allies (though currently no Qataris will join as to do so might result in punishment).
  • The Iran football team did not sing their national anthem in their opening game against England in support of protests at home, yet they have faced threats from their government and criticism from anti-government protesters. Women have been banned from attending football stadiums in Iran since 1981, with occasional attendance at the stadium in Tehran the only exception. Open Stadiums is a movement of Iranian women seeking to allow women free access to stadiums.
  • The Football Association wants stricter human rights criteria applied to future bids for the World Cup, amid reports that Saudi Arabia is interested in hosting the 2030 finals.