Fifa takes no action over Norway protest as FA voices Qatar concerns
Norway’s players will not be penalised by Fifa for championing human rights in Qatar. Confirmation emerged as the English Football Association indicated a need for greater action from the World Cup hosts to protect migrant workers. With qualifying for next year’s World Cup beginning in earnest, a growing number of European nations are speaking up about human rights concerns in Qatar. Before playing Gibraltar on Wednesday night, Erling Haaland and his Norway teammates wore T-shirts that read “Human rights On and off the pitch”. Laws of the game prevent players from using equipment that bears “any political, religious or personal slogans”, but on Thursday Fifa said they would be taking no action regarding the protest. “Fifa believes in the freedom of speech and in the power of football as a force for good,” a spokesperson for the governing body said. “No disciplinary proceedings in relation to this matter will be opened by Fifa.”...On Thursday the English FA issued a statement saying it intended to engage with the tournament in a “socially responsible” manner and that there was “still much more to be done” on human rights in the country.