Noël Le Graët and Didier Deschamps before the France-Sweden match at the Stade de France, November 17, 2020. -


The French football team "will go to Qatar if it qualifies" for the 2022 World Cup, Federation president Noël Le Graët assured AFP on Monday, dismissing the hypothesis of a boycott, advanced after accusations of human rights abuses in the host country.

“Qatar has been designated for a long time by responsible people, we are not going to call into question one year from the organization.

France will be present in Qatar if it qualifies, ”Le Graët explained in an interview with AFP.

“There are already (qualifying) matches, so don't be pretentious.

The first is Ukraine (at the Stade de France on March 24), I would have liked to have a few spectators.

If we qualify, we will go to Qatar, ”he added.

6,500 dead on construction sites according to the


The hypothesis of a boycott of the event by certain nations has returned to the table in recent days after revelations from the British daily

The Guardian

, claiming that more than 6,500 foreign workers had died in the preparations for the World Cup scheduled in Qatar in December 2022.

Several Norwegian clubs have notably called on their local Federation to boycott the event in the event of qualification, a few days before the Federation's meeting scheduled for March 14.

The leaders of the Norwegian Federation, for their part, favor a dialogue to improve respect for human rights.


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