Throughout Euro 2020, England footballers took the knee as a collective message of support for social change. However, the gesture did prompt boos from some – as well as applause from many others.
But as Gareth Southgate’s side prepares to play in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, they have been urged to boycott the tournament, with one political commentator claiming the country is becoming a “bridge” for the Taliban.
Former MEP Martin Daubney tweeted: “Footballers: you spent all summer getting political.
“So surely, it’s time you boycotted the Qatar World Cup?
“1. Corruption in securing WC.
“Afghanistan and the Taliban will be a significant victory for [Qatar], not just because it will show that they’re able to mediate with the Taliban, but it makes them a serious player for the Western countries that are involved.”
Earlier this month, Qatar’s Foreign Minister spokesperson, Lolwah Alkhater, said Qatar “continues to be a trusted mediator in this conflict”.