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Boycott 2022 World Cup in Qatar, German cardinal suggests

December 30, 2015

A German cardinal has suggested a boycott of the 2022 World Cup soccer competition in Qatar, as a means of protesting that country’s treatment of migrants.

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne charged that Qatar treats migrants “like animals,” frequently luring them into the country with the promise of good jobs, then depriving them of their passports so that they are effectively held prisoner.

Migrants in Qatar are subjected to inadequate housing, unsafe working conditions, and humiliating treatment, the cardinal said. Cardinal Woelki—who is known as an avid soccer fan—said that he did not understand why Qatar was selected as host for the 2022 World Cup.


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