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Munich (AP) - Bayern Munich's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (65) does not believe in a boycott of the World Cup next year in Qatar.

"The players have a good right to express their concerns," said the former international on the Internet portal "The Athletic" (Wednesday).

«We are of the opinion that change does not happen through rejection, but only through dialogue.

And change doesn't happen overnight, it takes time. "

Rummenigge believes that his club's partnership with sponsor Qatar Airways in recent years has shown “that football and dialogue have made things better.

Slowly but surely."

World Cup host Qatar has been criticized internationally for dealing with guest workers.

The human rights organization Amnesty International also does not consider a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar to be sensible and admits a reform process in the country.

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“One should not forget that Qatar has only been an independent nation for 50 years.

It is part of the Islamic world, with a different cultural and religious background, ”said Rummenigge.

“We ask them to enshrine rights that Europe took hundreds of years to achieve.

Are you familiar with Section 175 of the German Criminal Code?

It criminalizes homosexuality and was introduced in 1871.

It was not until 1994 that it was finally abolished. "

Most recently, the German internationals, like their colleagues from Norway, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands, had protested during World Cup qualifiers to demand compliance with human rights and thus also criticized the conditions in Qatar.

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