Hugo Lloris Of Tottenham Says There Is Too Much Pressure On Players To Protest In Qatar World Cup

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Hugo Lloris has acknowledged that he believes players are under “too much pressure” to criticize World Cup hosts Qatar.

Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris, The Tottenham goalkeeper argued that players should be allowed to focus on the field and that politicians, not athletes, should address the numerous concerns involving the host country.

Many competing teams have expressed worries about Qatar due to the country’s treatment of foreign employees, stringent social policies, and LGBTQIA+ rights. The nation has refuted claims of worker exploitation.

Hugo Lloris, The France captain believes it is too much to expect athletes to address the issues surrounding the host country.

The tournament’s lead-up, which begins on Sunday, 20th of November 2022 has been overshadowed by complaints about Qatar’s record on human rights, and how it treats migrant workers.

Hugo Lloris in action for France against Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The treatment of migrant workers in Qatar, Qatar’s record on human rights, and its position on same-sex couples have all come under fire.

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Lloris and Harry Kane, a teammate at Tottenham who plays for England, are two of the nine captains of European nations who want to wear rainbow-colored “One Love” armbands at the finals to protest discrimination, while other nations have protests scheduled for the duration of the competition.

But FIFA has written to all 32 World Cup nations asking them to concentrate on football, and the Tottenham goalkeeper believes that players shouldn’t bear the responsibility.

Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris representing Tottenham in the EPL

Australia’s team spoke out against Qatar’s record on same-sex relationships and human rights last month, and Denmark’s players will attend the World Cup without their families in protest of Qatar’s record on human rights.

The latest prominent footballers to criticize the schedule of this year’s World Cup were the Manchester United midfielders Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen on Sunday, 13th of November, 2022.

“Honestly, I don’t,” Lloris remarked.
“The guys are under way too much strain. In the chain, we are at the very end.

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“First of all, it had to have been ten years ago if you had to exert pressure. It’s too late now. You must realize that players only get this chance once every four years, and you want to take advantage of it. The field must be the main emphasis. Politicians will handle the rest. We are sports people.”

Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris in action for Tottenham against Leeds United

Lloris led France to victory in 2018 and was the last captain to win the World Cup.

In preparation for the World Cup, Lloris has joined the France team. He will look forward to leading his nation in their first match against Australia on the 22nd of November 2022.

The Spurs captain claims that Les Bleus’ primary goal is making it to the round of 16.

Les Bleus are in a pool alongside Denmark, Tunisia, and Australia, and if France win their group and England win theirs, the two teams will face each other in the next round.

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Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris with Lionel Messi at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Being the defending champion is a difficult responsibility, hence, Lloris noted: “If you look at the previous three champions, they had a lot of difficulties and didn’t advance past the group stage.”

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