Who will boycott the FIFA World Cup in Qatar? Several French cities are now stepping up and announcing that they are banning giant screens and fan zones.
After several sportsmen and personalities like the former footballer Éric Cantona, the former world champion Philipp Lahm (winner in 2014 with the German team) and the actor Vincent Lindon, the cities invite themselves into the debate around the boycott of the 2022 World Cup. The latter will take place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.
On Tuesday evening, Lyon extended the list of cities that are committed to banning fan zones and giant screens. It joins Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nancy, Reims, Strasbourg, Lille, Toulouse, Angers, Villeurbanne, Rennes, Brest or even Rodez.
Human rights and ecological aberration
These cities are ringing the same bell. They refuse to promote this event for humanitarian and environmental reasons, regardless of the result of the French team. The mayor of Lyon Grégory Doucet (EELV) denounces a “human rights abomination” and an “ecological aberration”. In particular, he denounces the death of thousands of immigrant workers in the construction of the eight stadiums of the World Cup, seven of which are air-conditioned.
In a press release, the city of Nancy pointed out the ” gap “ of “the use of air-conditioned stadiums during this World Cup (…) with the challenges of ecological transition”. She calls on the organizers to “seriously review the rules for awarding the next World Cups” in order to “to integrate these issues” of “sobriety” and of “respect for human rights”.
While Elisabeth Borne unveiled this Thursday, October 6 the energy sobriety plan for next winter, sector by sector, the mayor of Reims Arnaud Robinet (Horizons) felt that giant screens had no place in public space : “Such facilities would cause legitimate misunderstanding (…) for one of the most controversial events in the history of sport”.
Calls for a boycott on social networks
Each week, the media echo new ecological aberrations surrounding the World Cup. Recently, we learned that Qatar, unable to accommodate the million supporters expected for the World Cup, was planning 160 flights a day to redirect them to neighboring countries.
On Twitter, the #BoycottQatar2022 denounces the holding of the event. Coalition Red card for Qatar also indignant. “Footballers, staff or federation members: refuse to be complicit in bloody crimes and total ecocide. Refuse to be the instruments of promotion of a psychopathic system which places competition above any moral and humanist consideration: boycott the World Cup in Qatar! »can we read in their press release.
Furthermore, a petition launched in early September by elected and former elected officials from the Gard, personalities from the department have already collected nearly 29,000 signatures. She denounces, among other things, “nearly 6,800 dead on construction sites and surviving workers reduced to slavery”, “corruption at all levels”, “air-conditioned stadiums in the desert”.
As the boycott movement intensifies against the 2022 World Cup, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) awarded the Asian Winter Games 2029 to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, October 4. For the occasion, a brand new megalopolis will see the light of day in Neom, in the middle of the desert. However, the organization announces 28 events on snow and 19 on ice…