EXCLUSIVE – The FA requests Amnesty for Qatar’s Human Rights Record to be discussed with England players. Gareth Southgate’s side will also consider their stand on World Cup protests against the hosts.

  • Amnesty has spoken with the Football Association in advance of the 2022 World Cup. 
  • FA asks the group to talk with Qatari players about Qatar’s human right record
  • Next March, England will determine their position on Qatar’s history of human rights violations. 
  • Gareth Southgate stated last month that his side will ‘take the time to educate itself’ 

The Football Association have approached Amnesty to brief England players on Qatar’s human rights record ahead of crucial talks scheduled for March.

Sportmail understands that England players are expected to decide early next year whether to protest against World Cup host Qatar’s dreadful human rights history during pivotal discussions at St George’s Park, with players under pressure to use their platforms to make a stand against the alleged atrocities.

During the talks, pencilled in for the first camp of 2022 in March, Gareth Southgate’s players will be briefed in detail by external speakers who will be invited to address the squad. Amnesty is in discussions with the FA about being one of the organizations to send speakers.

The finer details of next year’s discussions are still to be finalised, especially given growing concerns about Covid restrictions heading into next year. 

Gareth Southgate's England squad will speak to Amnesty over their stance on Qatar

Amnesty will be speaking with Gareth Southgate, England’s squad regarding their position on Qatar

Norway staged a protest against Qatar's treatment of migrant workers earlier this year

Norway held a protest earlier this year against Qatar’s treatment for migrant workers

The FA has a clearly stated intention to deal with the elephant in room, so that England can decide whether it wants to take a public stand against World Cup hosts. Video calls will be made if Covid guidelines prohibit visitors from accessing base camp. 

Qatar’s human rights record has come under fire, especially in regard to how they treated staff who were involved with building infrastructure such as the World Cup stadiums.

The Muslim state’s attitudes towards the LGBT community has also been called into question, with homosexuality illegal in Qatar. 

England players have been taking a knee to protest against racial discrimination since last year

Since last year, England football players have taken a knee in protest of racial discrimination

England are yet to protest against Qatar and Southgate has said they will 'educate themselves'

England is yet to demonstrate against Qatar. Southgate stated that they will educate themselves.

Southgate, speaking last month, said: ‘We will take time to educate ourselves. If we feel that there are areas that we can help, then clearly we’ve always tried to do that, and we would do that.’ 

The concerns of the Dutch, Norwegian, and German teams have been expressed ahead of the tournament.

Similarly, seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has this week spoken out against Saudi Arabia’s human rights record ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix in the Arab nation, a development that is likely to be noted by the FA ahead of March’s talks.