‘The world is too unfair’: Nasser Al-Khelaïfi defends Qatar against recent criticism

Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, owner of French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), believes the world “has been too unfair” to Qatar. As the FIFA World Cup currently taking place in the Gulf state approaches, the country has come under a lot of criticism from the West.

“Believe me, we are doing our best. We are good people, we treat people with our hearts and I was hurt when I saw most people talking negatively about Qatar. It’s not fair at all,” Al-Khelaïfi told British sports radio station Talksport on Monday. The PSG owner admitted that Qatar “wasn’t perfect”, but that “the world had been too unfair” towards the country.

Qatar has been widely criticized for human rights abuses. They targeted in particular the poor treatment of migrant workers who built the stadiums where the current World Cup is taking place. According to associations for the defense of human rights, the various construction sites have caused thousands of deaths. The criminalization of homosexuality has also been strongly denounced by the West, not to mention the allegations of corruption surrounding the awarding of the 2022 World Cup.

Still, Qatari authorities have recently stressed on numerous occasions that everyone is welcome at the World Cup which runs from November 20 to December 18.


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