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Riku the risk of a hard decision into account in all over the world - to refuse the national team the tasks of the human rights in Qatar: a Fine, brave and exceptional solution
Riku-Risk decision has sparked debate in the national team camp of the host country, qatar's human rights violations. Brave rise of the news around Europe.Riku Risk didn't want to go to Qatar to play. Matti Raivio / AOP

HJK-strikers Richie Risk did not see the national team in Qatar. The risk of refusing the ongoing camp for ethical reasons.

– the Reason for my decision was the ethical reasons and values, according to which I wanted to work and stick to them. I think it was important, Risk justification Helsinki Said.

the 29-year-old Risk of not said it directly, but presumably he was opposed to the camp of the organisation in Qatar, whose human rights violations have been in recent years widely exhibited. Guest workers in the country, has been equated to slavery, and according to various sources, more than a thousand foreign workers have died in 2022 world cup construction.

Doctor of International football association fifa the power of the game argue the Sami Kolamo tell mentions his surprise in a positive Risk solution.

– a Fine, brave and exceptional solution, Kolamo praise.

Risk demonstrated by its decision that the national team shirt, putting on is not always the number one issue, but human rights and ethical values are still important.

a Rare case

media research Kolamo no other similar individual player boycott in the next few years, even in other countries.

– These have become very little, and the more we move in the other direction, where we have to be careful to take a stance on social issues. Gotta be happy with that, that is still thinking about the athletes who dared to take a direct position, at the risk that it will have a negative impact on career development, Kolamo consider.

One explanation for the output of rare apart are the players ' responsibilities of the partners.

– a Large star with many endorsement deals, which regulate their behavior.

opportunities for positions are on the other hand, better than ever before.

– Social media and its huge successor to the mass is utilized, however, more personal brand building, Kolamo sees.

Soft power

football association chairman Ari Lahti is aware of qatar's difficulties in the national team camp as a place.

our Message to Qatar is clear - we do not accept migrant workers human and labour rights violations. The qatar authorities, as well as the race organizer's responsibility is to take into account the workers ' human rights and to ensure employees safe working conditions, Bay described the football association's bulletin on Monday.

the Bay is in one of the Nordic unions with leaders in Qatar at the moment.

– the Nordic delegation, in which Finland is involved, believes that the dialogue of the force, although we are of course aware that we have received criticism and we respect that, Bay said.

on Monday the Bay met, inter alia, the Qatar football association president, the country's ruler the genus belongs to the Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al-Thani .

football dr. Kolamo think leireily in Qatar is not, despite the football association for a good solution.

– This is taken position already, when you go there to play. Finland has agreed to the call and thus supports qatar's soft power. After this the football association leadership of the speech is defined by its season, as the host country doesn't want to piss off.

Qatar is Surrounding a smaller area. Elsewhere, a soccer field, Kolamo pointed out.

sport in Finland, Qatar-the camp is justified peak conditions and two high-quality training by Sweden and Estonia.

Also in Sweden, the country of pride Blågultin camp trip to Qatar has been criticized, and in the past allsvenskanin in play the risk of a boycott of news coverage in Tuesday's Usa match below.

in Germany, inter alia, national newspapers Der Spiegel and Bild have seized on the case, as the respected british newspaper The Guardian and ESPN.


Kolamo remind you that football can differentiate from the rest of society disconnected isolation. Therefore, the Finnish representative of the national team of mobile human rights on the ground is inevitably also a political act.

– Is very selective when sport is turned non-athletic things, like the memory of those who died held a moment of silence or black armbands. Now one might ask whether the players crape involved or did they keep silence to the dead foreigners for the construction workers, Kolamo throw.

Many of course will think that after all before we were human rights in the countries of sports, but this is a completely different scale. Now let's talk about the thousands of dead workers.

immensely rich country of 2.6 million inhabitants, 88% has arrived elsewhere for a job. They are not Qatari citizens with full rights.

qatar's labour code was amended to large-scale international attention, due in September, but according to critics, the kafala system is in practice still in force. Mainly south asian and african guest workers still need their employer's permission to change jobs.

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