27 Oct 2022

World Cup 2022: Australian men’s football team criticises Qatar’s human rights record

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

Australia has become the first football team participating in next month’s World Cup to openly criticise Qatar’s human rights record. In a video message, several players from the men’s team voiced their opposition to the country’s treatment of migrant workers and the LGBTQ+ community.

We spoke to Alex Baker, president of the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association.

He’s a referee and also chairs Stonewall FC, the London based LGBT Plus football club.

We began by asking him whether other teams competing in the World Cup ought to do something similar to the Australians.