FIFA World Cup 2022: Netherlands fans right to boycott Qatar tournament, says coach Louis van Gaal

A survey conducted in the Netherlands with 28,000 respondents showed only 14 percent were interested in following the FIFA World Cup in Qatar due to the negative publicity of the Arab nation in the lead-up to the tournament.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 16, 2022 16:56 IST

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal was appreciative of the facilities in Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022 (AP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has said the Dutch fans who are planning to boycott the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar over human rights concerns are right in doing so. However, the seasoned tactician said the Netherlands will play a positive brand of football over the next month and make sure fans at least follow their matches on television from back home.

Only 3,000 Dutch fans are expected to travel to Qatar to support Virgil van Dijk’s side during their World Cup campaign. A survey of 28,000 respondents in the Netherlands, conducted by EenVandaag and published on Tuesday, said only 14% were interested in following the tournament after years of negative publicity about Qatar, according to news agency Reuters.

Qatar has repeatedly denied allegations of exploitation of migrant workers, saying hosting the FIFA World Cup has only opened the doors and provided better working conditions.

“They are right to do that, but I hope we play so well that at the end of the tournament when we play the final, they’ll be watching on TV how good we are,” van Gaal said, adding that it will be fantastic to have some support for the Dutch team in Qatar.


Van Gaal reiterated that Qatar should not have hosted the FIFA World Cup, saying the Arab nation is not big enough to host a tournament of such magnitude. The Dutch tactician said only major football-playing countries should be awarded hosting rights for one of the biggest sporting events in the globe.

“We have to play the World Cup in the most experienced football countries,” added Van Gaal.

However, he was full of praise for the facilities in place in Qatar for the premier football tournament.

“The training pitch we have could not be any better. The hotel and organisation have been fantastic. I am really looking forward to the tournament but it is more important that my players feel the same way,” he added.

The Dutch have been drawn alongside hosts Qatar, Senegal and Ecuador in Group A. They will open their campaign against Senegal on February 21.

Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *