World Cup 2022: Australia players criticise human rights record of hosts Qatar in video

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Former Brighton and Arsenal goalkeeper Mat Ryan features in the video

Australia have released a collective statement against Qatar’s human rights record, becoming the first 2022 World Cup team to do so.

The video message criticises the World Cup hosts’ treatment of migrant workers and LGBTQ+ people.

Football Australia also released a statement saying the “suffering” felt by workers and their families caused by the tournament “cannot be ignored”.

Australia will play at the tournament in Qatar, which starts on November 20.

The videoexternal-linkwhich features 16 players, calls for “effective remedy” for migrant workers and the decriminalization of same-sex relationships.

The 16 Australia players involved in the video include captain Mat Ryan, Sunderland defender Bailey Wright, Hearts’ Kye Rowles and Alex Wilkinson, the president of players’ union Professional Footballers Australia who last represented the Socceroos in 2015.

“Addressing these issues is not easy, and we do not have all the answers,” the players said.

“We stand with FIFPro, the Building and Wood Workers International, and the International Trade Union Confederation, seeking to embed reforms and establish a lasting legacy in Qatar.

“This must include establishing a migrant resource centre, effective remedy for those who have been denied their rights, and the decriminalization of all same-sex relationships.

“These are the basic rights that should be afforded to all and will ensure continued progress in Qatar and a legacy that goes well beyond the final whistle of the 2022 Fifa World Cup.”

In the message, the players acknowledged some reforms

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