The Norwegian Union President Lise Klaveness rejects the criticism of the Qatar World Cup host at her call to changes in FIFA in dealing with human rights.

The former national player had declared in a haunting word contribution at the Congress in Doha that the World Cup had been awarded to Qatar from “unacceptable circumstances and unacceptable consequences” under “unacceptable circumstances and with unacceptable consequences”. World Cup Organizational Chief Hassan Al-Thawadi then threw her to have not previously talked to them.

Norwegian Football Federation President criticises Qatar's human rights record at FIFA congress

“I’m not disappointed. It’s not right. We had several talks with the Supreme Committee (Organizational Committee), we have read everything,” said Klaveness of the “German Press Agency” in Doha. “We have dealt intensively with the topic, we are very well informed.” The World Cup host has been in criticism for years because of the human rights situation and the conditions for foreign workers.

Klaveness wants to “hold up the pressure”

Klaveness stressed that there had been a certain change in Qatar, but there is also work to do. “It’s our job to keep the pressure up,” the 40-year-old said.

Klaveness also sees an important partner for the goals of more respect for human rights and diversity of FIFA in the German Football Association. “I know that my statements are supported by the Nordic associations. It is important that we have alliances with Germany, Canada, Australia, all countries,” she said. “Countries sharing our ethical views.” However, given the word messages at the Congress, it also recognized that the mood image is “shared” in world football.

From your point of view, it is not about football internationally only in western countries to take place. “Union President should be played in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Africa, China. We should not be afraid to go to these countries,” Klaveness said. But then there must be a process that make sure that certain values are preserved.