While Newcastle fans who adorn their social media Twitter Disgrace avatars with pictures of Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi Arabian national flag might not realize it, it is actually possible to firmly support your team. of football while feeling resolutely in conflict with the consequences thereof. is fine. On Tuesday night in Copenhagen, for example, Danish fans will cheer their team on as they seek to qualify for next year’s Human Rights World Cup, although many believe that their players should not participate in any tournament organized by Qatar.
Of course, even to consider boycotting a tournament finals, you have to qualify first and Denmark could do so later. After winning their seven qualifying matches, scoring 26 goals and conceding none, the Danes’ progress in Group F could hardly have been more serene. A win over Austria will ensure their passage to a tournament that their players have repeatedly and openly criticized for some time.
In March, before a match against Moldova, their players wore T-shirts bearing the slogan “Football supports CHANGE” following reports that thousands of migrant workers have died in Qatar since winning the law. to host the tournament. In the interest of pacifying Fiver’s lawyers, it’s probably worth pointing out that the country’s government has repeatedly defended their working conditions. More recently, Denmark’s captain, Ballon d’Or nominee and living saint Simon Kjær said that while he and his team-mates were happy that the Danish FA (DBU) were facing “political struggles off the pitch”, he and his teammates adamantly remain against the HRWC finals in Qatar.
“As captain, I have to say that we, the players, did not choose the [Human Rights] The 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar and we are very critical of the conditions we see in the country, ”he said. “Of course, we continue to fully and firmly support the DBU’s critical line towards Qatar. We, the players, have on several occasions publicly posted our position on the [HRWC] in Qatar, but now we have to stay focused on the game on the pitch. If Denmark wins later, Kjær, his teammates and their fans have the right to enjoy a party, but don’t expect to see them dancing around the Parken Stadium with tea towels on their heads.
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“Obviously the NFL picked the wrong game to play in London last weekend. After all, who would enjoy a game with five consecutive kicks that would have won the game taken late in the game or in overtime missing wide or hitting the post more than the English fans? -Steve Wardinski.
“Re: Stan Collymore suggesting he will be able to influence who will become the new Southend United manager (Yesterday’s News, Bits and Bobs). Will seek advice from a former player (30 games ago nearly 30 years) with no managerial experience sums up quite well why the club is in such a mess? – Ed Taylor.
“While the EFL’s code green is laudable (Yesterday Still Want More?), Why hasn’t Trevor Birch looked a little closer to home? The first rounds of the Milk Cup are regionalized, but once the competition reaches the last 32 it becomes national. Keeping him regionalized (and sub-regional in the early rounds) would have prevented Leeds from going to Fulham and Arsenal in successive rounds, and West Ham plays both Manchester clubs. Think about carbon savings. A missed opportunity or maybe a proposal for 2022-2023? »- Deryck room.
“Re: Jon Millard on Newcastle always Newcastle (yesterday’s Fiver letters). Abu Dhabi bought Manchester City. You know, Manchester city. It took them a while to get rid of Cityitis – but not completely, as the occasional self-inflicted implosion illustrates ”- Darren Leathley.
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NEWS, BITS AND BOBS
Preston North End owner Trevor Hemmings as well as three Grand National winners has died aged 86.
A former Football Index employee has a blunt explanation for the failure of the betting platform. “They sold lots and lots of bets at stupid prices,” they sighed. “We couldn’t figure it out, we literally had no idea.”
Listen to Demi Stokes.
Unsurprisingly, Steve Bruce walks towards the Newcastle gate marked افعل واحد.
Gareth Southgate believes Harry Kane can put on his slippers and relax in his former form of England striker. “He feels good in our surroundings,” said Southgate. “What is happening at [Spurs] that’s none of my business, really.
Wales boss Robert Page is eager to make the two remaining qualifiers against Belarus and Belgium after a 1-0 win over Estonia that kept them in the race for a play-off berth in the HRWC. “There are two cup finals,” he roared. “At home, the hall is full. Bring it on!”
A goal against their blazing side meant Australia suffered the first loss of their HRWC qualifying campaign against Japan, which has been rubbish lately.
Adidas has put the boot in Fifa’s plans for a big biennial jamboree. “I don’t really think of a FIFA World Cup held every two years,” pffftd Kasper Rorsted, the company’s three-stripe boss.
Timo Werner’s two goals [subs, please check – Fiver Ed] against North Macedonia allowed Germany to be the first nation to step forward and reserve its place in the HRWC.
There’s a new Wayne Rooney documentary coming up as he looks back on his life and career. “[People] will have a real glimpse of what was going on in my head, ”he said.
And Claudio Ranieri reckons that Watford will “lose a few games” but, like Cilla Black in his prime-time splendor, “bring some surprises as well”.
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