The Norwegian clubs backed the boycott idea amid The Guardian’s report that at least 6,751 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka have died in Qatar since December 2010, when the country won the right to host the 2022 World Cup.
Midfielder Martin Odegaard, who was appointed captain of the Norwegian national team on Friday, believes there is no need to boycott the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“I think what is happening now in Norway is very good – in terms of interest and given the large number of people who care about such a complex issue. There are a lot of good things happening in this country. We need to discuss how to make a change. Personally, I think it is important to avoid a boycott,” said Odegaard to Tv2.no.
“There are other ways to reinforce the message, but it’s very good that discussions are taking place right now. Our country has not been to the World Cup for 20 years. If we boycotted now, before qualification even started, I’m not sure about how much attention this move would get.”
“I think there are other ways to reinforce the message. But it is very good that there is discussion and that so many people in this country are concerned. I am proud to be Norwegian.”