Players and coaches shouldn’t have to play politics during the World Cup in Qatar

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has railed against international coaches and players being pressured to ‘be politicians’ ahead of the World Cup as he doubled down on fury at this year’s tournament. A longtime critic of the mid-season World Cup, Klopp directed his anger at the expectations of England manager Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane to take a stand on the myriad complex issues surrounding the event in Qatar. The Liverpool manager claimed that the outrage over the schedule and initial awarding of the tournament should be led by the media, not the participants. “Now we’re putting pressure on the players about what they’re going to do, asking Harry Kane if he’ll wear the armband with the other guys saying, ‘Please don’t make political statements'” , Klopp said. “It’s not okay. It was organized by other people and we all let it happen. Fifa has written to competing teams urging them to “focus on football, not politics”. Klopp said the players are in an odious position regardless of the stance they take due to the governing body’s tainted and controversial decision on accommodation. “I watched an old documentary about when it was announced that Russia and Qatar were the venues for the next World Cups. We all know how it happened,” Klopp said. “That we could still let it happen, without anything legal afterwards, led to a real… what can I say? “Now it’s open, now everyone knows it, but it was always hidden and you think; “How can all this happen? This has nothing to do with Qatar. They won the World Cup and now it’s here. But the moment you put it there, everything that followed it was clear. And the people who were involved at the time should have known that. “Everything was on the table. But still Mr. [former Fifa president Sepp] Blatter somehow got away with it, and so did others. It was so long ago that some of the worst [Fifa] the guys are already dead. We could have settled this a long time ago. “Later on, we talk about human rights in terms of people having to work there in circumstances that are, I say this kindly, difficult. We couldn’t play the World Cup there in the summer because of the weather and there wasn’t a stadium in Qatar, or maybe one. “So we have to build stadiums. I don’t think anyone thought of that that day, that anyone has to build them. It’s not like Aladdin with its miracle lamp and “boom, there’s a new stadium”. The situation makes you angry. How can he not? ‘Southgate is England manager – not a politician’ Klopp also has no sense of excitement for this year’s competition. “I will look at it from a footballing point of view, but I don’t like the fact that the players now have to send a message,” he said. “We tell the players they have to wear an armband and if they don’t, they’re not on their side. They are footballers, it is a tournament and the players have to go there and play and do their best for their country. “I already see it all the time in interviews – ‘How’s it going here?’ All is not OK for the players, I really have to say that. It’s a tournament, we all let it happen, but it’s there, okay, because 12 years ago nobody did anything and we can’t change it now. “It’s not about Qatar. They won the World Cup. There are great people there in Qatar and it’s not at all that everything is bad there, but the way it happened wasn’t fair in the beginning. But now it’s there, let them play the game as players and managers. “Don’t constantly put Gareth Southgate in a situation where he has to talk about everything. He has an opinion but he’s not a politician, I’m not a politician. He’s an England manager, so let him be. “If you want to write about something else, do it, but by yourself without asking us to be ‘Klopp said’ or ‘Southgate said’. As if that would change anything. You [the media] more than I let it do 12 years ago. “There were many occasions over the next three or four years that the process was not good and a lot of people took money for the wrong reasons. » telegraph UK

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