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30 Mär 2021

Peter McVitie, Goal

Netherlands join Germany & Norway in making Qatar human rights protest prior to World Cup qualifier

The Oranje lined up in T-shirts that proclaimed "Football Supports Change" ahead of kick-off in their second match of the qualifying campaign in Amsterdam. The demonstration follows a similar one made by the Norway team, who wore shirts bearing the message "Human rights on and off the pitch" before they faced Gibraltar and Turkey in World Cup qualifying. Germany, meanwhile, also lined up in T-shirts that spelled out "human rights" prior to taking on Iceland in their qualification clash on March 25. Norway coach Staale Solbakken said that the protest was an attempt to put "pressure on FIFA to be even more direct, even firmer with the authorities in Qatar, to impose stricter requirements". Netherlands boss Frank de Boer, meanwhile, stated: "A lot of attention is now focused on whether we should go there if we qualify. "It is right to ask that question. Everyone knows that what is happening there is not good.