It’s not often I write about politics on this blog. There have been other politic issues surrounding the club such as the Catalan independence movement or the recent ‘Peace Tour’ to Israel and Palestine on which I have my opinions but prefer to keep them to myself. However, given the club’s connections with Qatar I felt moved to comment after reading this latest piece from The Guardian on the atrocious conditions suffered by immigrants working on the 2022 World Cup.
The issue of workers’ conditions in Qatar was covered on this blog in an excellent article by Roger Fradera in December 2010. At that time groups like Amnesty International had already revealed many of the human rights problems in the country but I admit I was persuaded then by claims that things were improving and the country was moving towards democracy.
Unfortunately, the Guardian report reveals that little or nothing has changed. The awful truth behind the country whose name appears on our proud Barça shirt cannot be ignored. The negative publicity for the Qatar regime that would be effected if Barça were to ditch the Qatar deal would be enormous. Surely the club’s clout can be used to persuade the Qataris to do something to improve things. It’s time to tell them: ‘clean up your act or we’re out’