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A world without freedom. Cucchi: ‘I believe that the players will break the rules that Fifa wants to put in place of Qatar’ | People of color

Riccardo Cucchi joined Rai in 1979, strictly with competitors.
He has additionally broadcasted 7 World Cups and eight Olympics.
He is one of the most cherished and revered Italian journalists.
Qatar Evening 2022 is writing this text for us,
which isn’t a prophecy however a criticism and a need

The ball alone is nothing. Football is rooted in life. It’s life. Anyone who thinks they’ll perceive the recreation simply by 22 players or 22 participant adjustments, they may not perceive why the recreation has existed for greater than a century and a half and has turn into a global recreation. Behind and inside the recreation there are fixed joys, pains, reactions, disappointments. Behind that ball our existence, our wishes, our ideas are revealed. That is the true that means of life. But, above all, soccer has very fashionable roots. It is just not about folks, as some spokespeople would have you ever believe. But it represents it, it represents it effectively.

The phrases addressed by the President of Fifa Infantino to the organizations that will be current in Qatar don’t have any place. “Just discuss soccer“. This is the warning, in a nutshell. Interpretation: Shut your self up in your personal world without serious about the rest, without speaking about the rest, if soccer players aren’t people who find themselves endowed with knowledge and human curiosity. What ought to they not discuss? Of the 1000’s of individuals who died in building websites whereas constructing stadiums and different issues? Human rights and persons are suppressed in Qatar? Speaking of which, Qatar’s soccer ambassador not too long ago declared homosexuality a “psychological sickness”?

I personally hope, on the opposite, that he speaks. Because human rights aren’t politics: they’re rights. And as a result of soccer cannot be bothered with the methodology now described round the world, with English phrases, “wash recreation”. It cannot be a recreation soccer and sports activities can’t be “washing machines” the place you may put soiled garments to be cleaned. Dust beneath the carpet. Because Qatar will strive to present its present, future, wealthy face as a result of of the World Cup. And it will strive to cover, like mud beneath the carpet, the violation of the rights of its folks and the victims, beginning with ladies and ending with the opponents who’re in jail. The English newspaper Guardian, in latest days has proven the quantity: 6500. A scary determine as a result of he talked about the victims of the accident at the building website, the staff lured from Asia and the fraud of good wages. They had been Indians, Pakistanis, Filipinos. The protecting measures that will be used for the players haven’t been used for them. It is performed in November and December with reasonable temperatures. No, the international staff didn’t do that to them. They labored in the solar at 50 levels, without safety, without safety. Impossible to have an correct quantity of victims. Amnesty International has launched a marketing campaign to request compensation for the households of these present slaves whose numbers, or names, will be very tough to know.

Many knew, many had been silent. And some are silent even right this moment.
Personally, I hope that the captains will put on armor that requires respect for freedom; I look ahead to a powerful voice like Cantona’s; I hope that the try to “use” the ball that Qatar would really like to pursue will fail.

Let’s be clear: this isn’t the first time this has occurred. It occurred throughout the World Cup in Russia or the Olympics in Beijing. But right here the try to use the recreation, which accepts to obtain cash, may be very seen.

I’m a dreamer so I’m dreaming. I’m dreaming of a decalogue from Fifa and the CIO which in the future will set up the parameters that the world should respect in order to have the ability to arrange worldwide occasions. First and foremost respect for human rights.
Football have to be an exporter. For which the recreation was established and without which the recreation can be solely enjoyable, not “enjoyable anymore”.
I’m a dreamer and I hope that many in Qatar will declare themselves in favor of respecting human rights and folks. And do not be silent.
@CucchiRiccardo

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