Qatar’s emir has thanked Vladimir Putin for Russia’s nice enhance in establishing the 2022 World Cup and stated he’s “proud” of the connection between the 2 international locations.
Russia has been a carrying and political pariah because the invasion of Ukraine however Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani went out of his method to reward Putin at a gathering between the lads in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Thursday.
His feedback got here as the manager of the World Cup establishing committee, Nasser al-Khater, warned in opposition to the event turning into a “platform of political statements” amid plans by means of some captains, together with England’s Harry Kane, to put on a ‘One Love’ armband all over video games.
The interventions give a clearer indication of Qatar’s place simply over 5 weeks earlier than the event starts.
The emir stated: “After Russia made a great success in organising the 2018 World Cup, Russian friends have provided great support to Qatar, especially in terms of organisation, with the organising committee of the 2022 World Cup.
“We thank you for this and we are proud of this relationship. This will continue until the end of the World Cup. I am very happy to see you, Mr president. Thank you.”
Putin returned the praise by means of promising the emir that Russia was once “doing everything we can in terms of transferring the experience of preparing for the World Cup”, including: “I’m sure that it will be a success.”
Neither chief specified how Russia has helped Qatar, the primary Arab nation to host the World Cup. But one house by which Qatar has adopted Russia’s instance is by means of requiring enthusiasts to enroll for a compulsory ID, referred to as a Hayya Card, to go into the rustic and World Cup stadiums.
Meanwhile Khater, requested concerning the armbands in an interview with Sky News, stated he had examine them within the press however didn’t know anything else legitimate. “This is a sporting tournament that people want to come and enjoy,” the manager govt of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, stated. “Turning it into a platform of political statements, I don’t think is right for the sport.”
In reaction to Khater’s interview, James Cleverly, the international secretary, stated he would “absolutely support” Kane and the Football Association’s stance at the armband. Fifa is but to offer its approval to the armband however it’s understood England intend to make use of it regardless.
Khater showed that enthusiasts could be loose to show rainbow flags in Qatar and that homosexual enthusiasts would be capable of grasp arms in public.
“At the end of the day, as long as you don’t do anything that harms other people, if you’re not destroying public property, as long as you’re behaving in a way that’s not harmful, then everybody’s welcome and you have nothing to worry about,” he stated.
Khater was once requested whether or not he felt grievance levelled at Qatar were racist and responded: “I’m not going to get into what the intentions of other people are. I’m not going to get into the minds and souls of other people. But, you know, who knows? Possibly.”