Through the VVCS, they call on the KNVB and FIFPro, as the global mouthpiece of the players, to do everything possible to persuade FIFA to exert pressure on the government of Qatar. Moreover, the professionals active in the Netherlands and other members of the VVCS active in football believe that FIFA should form a fund from which the families of the deceased workers can be financially supported.
Through its secretary-general Gijs de Jong, the KNVB announced that it was pleased with the involvement of the VVCS members and their support for the ‘Football Supports Change’ initiative of their colleagues from the Dutch national team. He promised that the KNVB will do its utmost in discussions with FIFA to exert the desired pressure. He will receive the hundreds of signatures collected by the VVCS from VVCS chairman Evgeniy Levchenko on Thursday morning at 10.30 am in Zeist.
Other players’ unions in Norway and Australia are also engaged in similar campaigns. This week, discussions will be held with the FIFPro on how to optimally bundle and use this.
Dagmar Oudshoorn, director of Amnesty International Netherlands, said he was very happy with the VVCS initiative. On behalf of Amnesty International Netherlands, she emphasizes that it is important that the football world is also pushing for immediate improvement in working conditions in Qatar. Amnesty International therefore supports the request of the VVCS to the KNVB and FIFPro.
Prior to the World Cup qualifying match with Latvia, the players of Orange wore a shirt that said ‘Football supports change’.
In Qatar, thousands of migrant workers live and work in inhumane conditions on the construction of World Cup stadiums, hotels and the infrastructure in the country. According to the English newspaper The Guardian these activities have already cost 6,500 lives.
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Professional football players in the Netherlands are urging KNVB action regarding ‘disgusting’ Qatar | Football
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