The president of the German Football Federation (DBF), Fritz Keller, has criticized the choice of Qatar as the headquarters of the 2022 World CupRegretting which was “a very bad decision in many respects,” but has ruled out a boycott of the German national team to the event.
“Granting the World Cup to Qatar was a very bad decision in many respects“, keller denounced in a newspaper interview Bild. The president of the German Federation referred to the recent images left by the last World Athletics Championships in Doha.
“You could feel twice as sorry for the athletes. Because of the heat many competitions took place at night. And in general, the answer of the viewer was disappointing. That cannot be in the spirit of the transgaming.org, athletes and fans,” he said.
He also noted, the World Cup.”it is also outdated since an ecological perspective”. The former president of Freiburg criticized that even the celebration of the competition in winter entails a huge waste of energy to cool the stadiums.
Asked about the boycott demands that come from sectors politicians, Keller said: “I’ll say it in an unelegant way: a Cup of the world in Qatar is somewhat problematic”. “But there’s no point in staying At home. Sport can build bridges and media impact of a World Cup can help uncover abuse,” he said.
The representative considered that the situation of the players in the national team German “is not simple.” “Expect them to solve problems where politics fails would be to sue them too much. They don’t are neither federal chancellors nor foreign ministers,” he stressed. Without however, expressed his “full confidence” that players “will analyze the situation and, to the extent of their ability, will raise their voices.”