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Norway Vote Against Boycotting 2022 World Cup

Haaland and Norway's players have criticised Qatar's hosting of the 2026 World Cup
Haaland and Norway's players have criticised Qatar's hosting of the 2026 World Cup / JORGE GUERRERO/Getty Images

Norway's football association (NFF) have confirmed that the national team will not be boycotting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar despite protests against the nation's human rights record.

The Norway international squad stepped up their efforts in the protest about human rights violations in Qatar ahead of their World Cup qualifying match against Gibraltar back in March earlier this year.

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland and his teammates wore shirts with the message: "human rights - on and off the pitch" while they were warming up for the game. A report by The Guardian revealed that over 6,500 foreign workers have died in Qatar since 2010 - 37 of them while building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.

However, it was revealed last month that Norway could be banned from participating in the 2026 World Cup by FIFA if they go ahead with their planned boycott of the 2022 World Cup next winter. And the decision was put to vote by the board, who decided that the team would be present at the World Cup next year.

An official statement by the NFF read: "Sunday’s extraordinary federal meeting spent many hours considering the Qatar issue. 368 voted in favour and 121 voted against the NFF board’s proposal."

“For the last five or six years we have worked together with human rights and labour organisations to increase pressure on Qatar and FIFA,” NFF president Terje Svendsen told The Independent.

Qatar has come under fierce international criticism over its treatment of migrant workers, mainly from India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, who are building the infrastructure ahead of the tournament. Along with Norway, Germany, Iceland, and Holland have also made gestures and voiced their disapproval of conditions in Qatar.