After persistent criticism of the partnership between FC Bayern and Qatar, club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has taken sides. He thinks football is a bridge builder to overcome grievances in Qatar. That is excessive – with an involuntarily funny note.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has once again acted as a diplomat on the world political stage. He called for patience with the controversial World Cup host country Qatar, attested good progress in safeguarding human and labor rights and sold the Munich team’s regular stays in the emirate for years as a contribution to international understanding. Rummenigge’s credo: You have to stay in dialogue, football makes a big contribution to improving the situation.
Like so much in football, this is especially from FC Bayern: an excessive overconfidence. And it’s at least naive, if not mendacious.
FC Bayern is honoring Qatar because the club has been receiving substantial sponsorship money from state-owned companies for many years. He has been preparing for the second half of the season there in winter for a decade because the conditions for training are perfect. It can also be assumed that the people of Munich will probably get a friendship price for board and lodging from the Qataris if they let their huge entourage run over there for the week. Because a guest like FC Bayern gives the country shine, which in the end equals a purchased clean bill of health.
Memories of Beckenbauer’s slave saying
According to the human rights organization Amnesty International, the situation of foreign workers in Qatar has recently improved, but the country is not implementing its reforms adequately. In addition, local employers are often not held accountable for violations. As a result, according to Amnesty, thousands of workers remain at the mercy of unscrupulous employers whose abuses have gone unpunished.
Every time Rummenigge takes the side for Qatar, it gets an involuntarily funny note. Because the nonchalant sentence of his Bayern partner Franz Beckenbauer is indelible and has accompanied the discussion ever since. Beckenbauer said a few years ago that he “has not yet seen a single slave in Qatar.
The context with Rummenigge is the same, he just says it more diplomatically.