Norway decides against boycott of Qatar 2022 World Cup 1 month ago

Norway decides against boycott of Qatar 2022 World Cup

Despite calls for the country to boycott Qatar 2022, a majority vote has seen Norwegian clubs reject the proposal to withdraw

Representatives of Norway's football clubs have voted against the country boycotting the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

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Calls for the Norwegian national side to withdraw from the tournament gathered momentum quickly earlier this year after Eliteserien side Tromsø Idrettslag released a statement condemning Qatar's human rights record and treatment of migrant workers.

Tromsø's stance quickly gained the support of other Norwegian clubs and even saw their national side  - and those of other countries - stage t-shirt protests during March's international break.

An extraordinary meeting was also called - held on Sunday - by the Norwegian FA (NFF). 368 delegates at the meeting voted in favour of rejecting the boycott, while 121 were in favour.

Norway's national side have failed to qualify for a World Cup since France 1998, and currently sit fourth in their qualifying group. Although they now intend to play in the tournament, there is a very real possibility they will fall short on the pitch, irrespective of Sunday's vote.

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"There is no doubt that this World Cup should never have been awarded to Qatar," Tom Hogli, a former Norwegian international turned public relations officer for Tromso, told AFP earlier this year.

"The conditions there are abominable and many have lost their lives," he added.