Tuesday, December 6

Felipe VI is the only king of Europe who will go to Qatar in the group stage

Felipe VI is the only member of the European royal houses who will attend the World Cup in Qatar in the group stage. Neither Prince William of England, nor Frederick of Denmark nor King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will attend the first matches of the sporting event surrounded by controversy over the violation of human rights and the death of workers in the country. The rest of the European countries with a monarchy have not qualified for the World Cup.

The RHey Felipe VI will travel next Wednesday, November 23 to the capital of Qatar, Doha, to be present in the first match of the Spanish soccer team in the 2022 World Cup, which will face the Costa Rican team. According to the weekly agenda of the Royal Family, the head of state will be ‘in situ’ at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, which will host the premiere of the team coached by Luis Enrique in the World Cup in Qatar.

Despite the fact that the Qatar 2022 World Cup starts this Sunday the 20th, Spain, which is in Group E, begins its journey in this event on Wednesday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. local time.

So he becomes the only one royal European who will attend the appointment during the group stage matches. As reported by Sky NewsPrince William of England does not plan to go to the World Cup in Qatar “due to a busy winter schedule”, although he does not rule out that he will go if his country qualifies later.

The Danish Royal House reported a few days ago on its social networks that Prince Frederick will follow the team “from home”. “As I have already stressed on several occasions, the national team has my full support wherever it plays in the world, this time I am looking forward to supporting the team from home, and I wish Kasper Hjulmand all the best. [el entrenador de la selección] and his team”, he noted in a post on Instagram.

For its part, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Spain has confirmed to Newtral that King Willem-Alexander will not be present in the group stage either, but he does not rule out traveling to Qatar if his team progresses and goes to the following phases.

The World Cup in Qatar has been pointed out by several Human Rights organizations for the violation of the same. Among others, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization, which holds FIFA responsible for holding a soccer World Cup “marked by abuse”, and distributed the “reporters guide” to help journalists who will cover Qatar 2022 , which highlights labor rights and necessary reforms for the Arab country.

In a statement, HRW insisted that FIFA awarded Qatar in 2010 the hosting of the event “without due diligence on human rights and without setting conditions on the protection of migrant workers that would be necessary to build the massive infrastructure.” “FIFA also failed to examine concerns about the human rights of journalists or the systemic discrimination faced by women, LGBTI people and others in Qatar,” the note said.


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