FIFA: IT’S TIME YOU LIVE UP TO YOUR OWN STANDARDS

FIFA broke its own standards and rules when selecting Qatar as the 2022 World Cup host nation.

Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup despite the fact it is one of the world’s most LGBTphobic nations.

How did this happen? How could FIFA – an organization that touts itself as celebrating pride and diversity – select a nation where homosexuality is illegal to host its biggest tournament?

FIFA has long boasted about its commitments to anti-discrimination, human rights, and equality, but from FIFA’s 2018 World Cup in Russia to this year’s World Cup in Qatar, FIFA is failing to live up to the standards they themselves created.

If FIFA wants to remain the leading global authority on football, it must do better and actually follow the guidelines they set. But it is up to us, people like you, to hold them accountable. If FIFA is truly a champion of human rights and equality – as its leaders claim – then it must follow their guiding principles and never select such a staunch human rights abuser to host the World Cup again.

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To Gianni Infantino (FIFA-Präsident):

The World Cup was once a symbol of pride, diversity, and respect. These were values that united teams from around the world. However, the FIFA of today is failing to live up to those values.

According to FIFA’s own Human Rights Policy, “FIFA is committed to respecting all internationally recognized human rights and shall strive to promote the protection of these rights.” And, since 2018, when FIFA became a signatory (through your signature) to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, FIFA committed “to create a discrimination-free environment and prohibit discrimination of any kind,” including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender expression.

Now, after two World Cups in a row have been hosted by LGBTphobic and human rights-abusing nations, where is the accountability?

As a wealthy and influential global organization, you can buy votes, pressure government officials, and silence detractors, but the world (and sports fans) are paying attention.

FIFA, as the leading football organization, is at risk of losing its status and further damaging its reputation. But it’s not too late. FIFA and the World Cup can once again be a leader in addressing human rights issues around the world. That is why we are demanding the following:

1.) That FIFA enforces its own commitment to work with host country authorities to make sure that everyone attending its competition will benefit from the highest possible safety standards;

2.) And that FIFA adheres to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights when selecting future host nations for the FIFA World Cup.

FIFA: the world is watching. Will you stand up and take accountability by finally embodying the values you declare as your own? Will you show the world that FIFA embraces equality and a world in which love is not a crime – not just this year, but always?


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