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DFB President Neuendorf “skeptical” before Qatar

DFB President Bernd Neuendorf is “skeptical” about FIFA’s slogan of the “greatest football World Cup of all time” in Qatar.

Instead, one can already “say with certainty that it is one of the most controversial world championships that has taken place so far,” said Neuendorf in the “kicker”. He would also say this to FIFA President Gianni Infantino in a personal conversation.

The 60-year-old emphasized that he had recently “made clear, concrete demands, especially with regard to the migrant workers in Qatar”.

He also supports the cause of setting up a support program for the bereaved of workers who died working on projects for the tournament (November 21 to December 18).

Before the World Cup, Neuendorf is planning a trip to Doha with Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD). “We can and must position ourselves as the DFB, but local political support is immensely important,” he said. “That’s why I’m glad that Nancy Faeser suggested traveling to Qatar together.”

Neuendorf reported that other ways of exerting influence were being discussed with other European associations. For this purpose, DFB general secretary Heike Ullrich was recently in Qatar with a UEFA working group.

“The visit showed that some things have improved in terms of working conditions. But many changes in the law are only being implemented insufficiently,” said Neuendorf: “And there were clear differences when it came to women’s rights, freedom of the press and LGBTIQ+ issues.”

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