Deschamps’ reaction to a question about the World Cup in Qatar

THE SPORTSCAN – At his press conference on Thursday, the Blues boss was asked what leeway he gives his players on social issues.

He is used to discussing topics that go far beyond the subject. And as usual, he adapts to it fairly easily most of the time. This has not been lacking this Thursday after his group for the four sessions of the League of Nations next June (Denmark, Croatia, Austria and again Croatia) was announced. Asked about Amnesty International’s desire to encourage the Blues to speak publicly about the living conditions of migrant workers in Qatar, the world champion’s boss changed his smile at the start of the press conference to regain his seriousness.

It’s a very sensitive subject. he says first. It is neither my role nor that of the players to put pressure on the FFF. The association, like everyone else, has taken the necessary steps to be vigilant and aware of the situation there. Reissued by our colleague on the subject, Didier Deschamps wanted to make it brief. “ I don’t want to get involved in a media debate, that’s clear, which doesn’t prevent everyone from having and will have their freedom of expression. I also don’t have the ins and outs of that file. »

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“You will become legendary when you help us, as reigning world champions, to defend and support migrant people working in appalling conditions in Qatar without which this World Cup would never have been possible. Your talent is worth its weight in gold, your word must weigh just as much! » writes the NGO, which adds in its press release that the French team will meet “probably those migrant workers at (his) hotel or during (his) trips between stadiums and other training sites. »

Asked again about the players’ lack of freedom of expression on this subject, the two-time world champion wanted to clarify things without ever losing his composure. “ My freedom of speech is total, but it’s mine. (…) I’m not here to shut up, everyone can express themselves in the French team. Since I’ve been a coach, I’ve shown enough empathy, tolerance and benevolence on many issues.»


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