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Swedish fotballprofil lays flat according to the Qatar-statements

The former landslagsspilleren has been in hard weather after an interview published on the CHAMPIONSHIP committee's website.

Qatar will host the world cup in 2022. Several human rights organizations and football fans are very critical.

I think that we in Sweden have an image of Qatar that we have received from the media, but it is important to visit a country on your own and form an image with their own eyes, " says Källström in the interview, courtesy of Expressen.

Källström, who retired as a player in 2017, was invited to look closer at the world cup preparations.

So clearly need Qatar to make some changes, but they are working very hard with this. People are perhaps skeptical, but I've had it really good here and it has been a food for thought. Sometimes you should not believe everything you read in the media.

Now he takes the criticism in an interview with SVT.

"It was very, very clumsy of me," says the swede about the statements.

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IN the SVT-interviewed says Källström, who has played for clubs such as Djurgården, Rennes, Lyon and Arsenal, that he first and foremost wants to noticing nuances what he said.

I have also read about how they have it in Qatar and the problems with human rights, but when I was there and met people from the embassy and the ILO (international labour organization), which is subject to the united nations, felt that it was perhaps not such as described in Sweden, " says the 36-year-old.

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Källström believes that the country attempt to address the critical issues, and that the country develops in a positive direction.

Large parts of the criticism has been that the rights of arbeidsmigrantene in Qatar, which, according to SVT constitute nearly 90 per cent of the country's population.

In september 2018 was among other things criticised by Amnesty due to the fact that at least 78 workers from Nepal, India and the Philippines had worked since February 2016 without getting a salary.

- It is well also it is positive to have such a large event as the football world cup in a country with this political system. They are put under the microscope. People begin to move on some rocks, which creates a change for the better, " says Källström.

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The former Arsenal star has had to endure massive criticism from, among other things, more Swedish sportskommentatorer.

- He sets out on a freaking high horse and claim that everything is under control because he has been in the country and seen it with their own eyes, wrote Fotballdirekt commentator Patrick Ekwall.

- Go home and work on free kicks, wrote Erik Helmersson in a leader in Today's News.

Also the Swedish trade union Byggnads reacted sharply.

- have died over 1000 people at the world cup facilities in Qatar. Källströms statements are harmful to our work to improve workers ' conditions, claiming fagforbundssjef Johan Lindholm opposite Expressen.

He invites Källström to join with them to meet arbeidsmigrantene in Qatar.

It had hopefully given him a better perception of reality, and got him to think about.

Källström got the 131 matches for the Swedish national team. Only three players-Anders Svensson, Thomas Ravelli and Andreas Isaksson, is listed with multiple.

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