"Shocked": Bierhoff can be about the World Cup in Qatar – and reaps scorn

Oliver Bierhoff is now very critical of the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar.Image: dpa / Daniel Löb

06/23/2022, 10:17 am06/23/2022, 10:57 am

While Oliver Bierhoff saw no problem in holding the World Cup in Qatar in the past, he now views the award as very critical. His changed perspective stems, among other things, from a report by RTL/ntv on the situation of homosexuals in the emirate.

“On the one hand, I always thought at the beginning: Who owns the football? Does it only belong to Europe, does it only belong to South America – or does it belong to the whole world?” Said the DFB director of national teams and academies in response to the report opposite to RTL.

Money before human rights? “The world has changed”

So initially, the idea of ​​playing football around the world still seemed right to him. But “the world has also changed,” said Bierhoff, And he added: “The requirements, the demands are different, also of the fans, of the people. In that respect you have to take that into account.” He asked himself: “Yes, how could FIFA give the World Cup to this country?”

Everything is new for the soccer World Cup in Qatar: Human rights are also said to have been violated during construction.

Everything is new for the soccer World Cup in Qatar: Human rights are also said to have been violated during construction. Image: dpa / Christian Charisius

It should be criticized that “in the first point, attention was only paid to stadiums or other points, or of course commerce, and not to aspects such as human rights or other social issues”. The German Football Association must also act on a change in the award criteria and thus make it clear “that the next award will only be made to countries in which such things do not happen”.

Feigned interest? Many consider Bierhoff’s statements to be implausible

Apparently, many of Bierhoff don’t quite buy his change of heart. On Twitter, a user said something like this: “Bierhoff can feign interest in the conditions in Qatar so often. The DFB simply doesn’t give a shit what happened and is still happening.”

The auditor Daniel Oehlmann also considers Bierhoff’s change of heart in relation to past statements to be implausible: “Oliver Bierhoff is ‘shocked’ about the situation in Qatar with regard to homosexuality. It’s also totally surprising, nobody could have guessed. By the way, the man who once found it insulting to suggest that there could also be a gay man in the national team.”

Documentary shows terrible living conditions for homosexuals in Qatar

Even if Bierhoff is considered unbelievable by some people based on previous statements, they should agree with his opinion. Others praise Bierhoff for his insight: “Better late than never,” writes a Twitter user.

What the documentary reveals puts new focus on the scale of the questionable goings-on in Qatar. It is not for nothing that the rich emirate on the Gulf is repeatedly criticized for human rights violations.

“We are very afraid of punishment and death because what we have learned over and over again in our youth is that being gay is an aberration, not a natural thing.”

In the report “Red card instead of rainbow – homosexuals in Qatar” (to be seen on ntv at 3.40 p.m.), homosexuals from Qatar complain about discrimination in their home country. “We are very afraid of punishment and death because what we have learned over and over again in our youth is that being gay is an aberration, not something natural,” says a 32-year-old in it.

The 32-year-old further reports that Qatar’s society and government fight homosexuals in different ways. The police could theoretically take them to a secret location at any time. “They can use psychological and physical torture if they want,” he says. “They confiscate all your personal belongings and search your phone, intimidate and harass you.”

(with material from dpa)

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