BRAD FRIEDEL: It’s NOT at all fair to ask players about Qatar’s human rights issues at the World Cup

BRAD FRIEDEL: It’s NOT at all fair to ask players about Qatar’s human rights issues at the World Cup

BRAD FRIEDEL: It’s absolutely not fair to ask players about human rights issues in Qatar. What is happening is terrible, but FIFA must face up and not let the teams be the spokespersons for its decision

I don’t think it will be difficult for World Cup players to put human rights discussions in the back of their minds as the tournament begins today.

But I think it’s incredibly unfair that players and staff are almost the spokespersons for this stuff in Qatar. In fact, I don’t think it’s fair at all.

If you were born and raised in the United States, you wouldn’t know much about human rights issues in Qatar.

You may have read about it, but unless you actually live in the culture, you don’t know instantly.

So it’s not fair to comment on that and it’s not fair to ask for a player’s opinion.

Brad Friedel thinks the players were put in an unfair position at the World Cup in Qatar

Brad Friedel thinks the players were put in an unfair position at the World Cup in Qatar

Migrant workers have died building stadiums for the tournament while other human rights issues in Qatar are under scrutiny, such as laws making homosexuality illegal

Migrant workers have died building stadiums for the tournament while other human rights issues in Qatar are under scrutiny, such as laws making homosexuality illegal

But players and teams are made mouthpieces for FIFA decisions - questions must be asked of them (pictured right, FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Qatar)

But players and teams are made mouthpieces for FIFA decisions – questions must be asked of them (pictured right, FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Qatar)

We sit here and in our culture we think it’s terrible, of course. But for you or me to ask ourselves a question and be the spokesperson for it, I know I’m not educated enough to say more about it.

Saying that, I think it’s awful when I hear things happening in the country, but I don’t know how the country is run.

What I would say is that all these issues should be singled out and resolved by one group: FIFA. All questions at all levels should be directed to FIFA.

“If you knew it was happening in this country, why was it awarded?” They should answer it, not the players. The players have no say in the location of the World Cup, nor the staff.

Several teams will show their solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community by wearing the rainbow armband, a symbol of inclusivity.

I think it’s fantastic. But we understand that it is our culture, we are raised and educated in it.

It’s something that, if you grew up in the United States or the United Kingdom, for example, you understand. We will all have friends and know gay or black people, for example.

We are not educated on human rights issues and abuses. There is a difference.

England captain Harry Kane set to wear rainbow armband at World Cup

England captain Harry Kane set to wear rainbow armband at World Cup

For the players, once the matches have started, they must be ready to focus on the competition

For the players, once the matches have started, they must be ready to focus on the competition

I think everyone should be nice to everyone. It is our culture. Every time I’ve been asked to wear rainbow laces, rainbow anything in my playing career, I’ve done it.

In our countries, the way we are brought up, people have the right to live as they want and you have to be nice to someone if they are nice to you. This is how we are brought up.

Everyone should be treated the same. If there’s a knee or kick racism out of football, we do it, we understand it and we know it.

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