Piers Morgan BLASTS ‘virtue-signalling’ Socceroos after they hit out at Qatar over the deaths of 6,500 foreign workers – and TV star tells the Australians to BOYCOTT the World Cup if they feel so strongly about human rights
- Piers Morgan has blasted the Australian football team over their Qatar stance
- The Socceroos condemned Qatar’s human rights record ahead of the World Cup
- However, Morgan says they should boycott it if they feel so strongly about it
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Piers Morgan has snapped back at the Australian football team after they became the first nation to condemn Qatar’s treatment of foreign workers during their preparations for the World Cup.
On Thursday, the Socceroos became the first FIFA World Cup squad to release a combined statement of protest, where they also highlighted the ongoing ‘suffering’ of workers ahead of the showpiece sporting tournament.
Migrant workers have endured oppressive conditions in Qatar and many died while building infrastructure for the tournament in recent years – although the precise number of fatalities is contested.
Piers Morgan has ripped into Australia’s football team over their stance on Qatar
According to The Guardian, as many as 6500 workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since it was awarded World Cup hosting duties in 2010.
Qatar’s planning committee insist only three people died on-site while building stadiums.
A video message delivered by 16 players was posted to social media and has been publicly supported by Football Australia, who released their own statement on the matter.
The governing body insist the ‘suffering’ of workers and their families stemming from the tournament ‘cannot be ignored.’
The World Cup kicks off on November 20 in Doha in the the oil-rich, highly conservative Middle Eastern state.
The Socceroos released a statement on Thursday condemning alleged human rights abuses
However, Morgan believes they should boycott the tournament if they feel so strongly about it
However, television broadcaster Morgan has responded to the Socceroos’ stance, demanding that they boycott the tournament rather than express ‘virtue-signalling words’.
‘Fine virtue-signalling words… presume you will now be boycotting the tournament?’ he posted to his 7.9million followers on Twitter. ‘Or don’t you guys care THAT much?’
It remains to be seen whether any other nation follows suit with 24 days remaining before the World Cup kicks off.
Earlier this week, supporters of the German football club Borussia Dortmund unfurled a banner demanding that the sport ‘boycott Qatar 2022’ during their Champions League clash with Manchester City.
Meanwhile, the FA announced this month that England captain Harry Kane will wear a ‘One Love’ armband in Qatar, supporting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and added that the armband will be worn even if FIFA prohibits it.
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