Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said players and managers are not politicians, amid continued scrutiny over the 2022 World Cup.
The guest star has been criticized for her stance on same-sex relationships, her human rights record and her treatment of migrant workers.
Klopp also says the decision to play the final there “just wasn’t right”.
“Gareth Southgate should not constantly be in a situation where he has to talk about everything,” said Klopp.
“He is not a politician, like me. He has an opinion, but he is not a politician.”
FIFA wrote to all 32 teams competing in the World Cup told them to “focus on football now”.
Klopp added that now he feels it is time to “let them just play the games – the players and the manager”.
“[Southgate] It’s the manager of England, let him do it, and if you want to write something else about it, then do it,” said Klopp.
“However [something] don’t ask yourself or us [and writing] ‘Klopp said’ and ‘Southgate said’, and all that stuff as if it’s going to change anything.”
“Journalists should work more”
In 2010, Qatar qualified for the World Cup after winning the vote of the 22 governing members of FIFA.
Qatar has been accused of paying £3 million ($3.7 million) in bribes to FIFA officials to get their backs, but was released after two years of investigation.
At the time, the then president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, supported Qatar’s request, but since then he has said that the organization may have made a wrong decision.
For the first time, the World Cup will not be held in the summer due to the heat in Qatar at that time of the year, and 6 of the 8 stadiums that were used must be built.
Asked if the football people decided Qatar won the bid, Klopp replied: “The football people? No, it was the football politicians. You mean the Brazilian guy. [Ricardo Teixeira]?
“The reporters should have done more. Do you really think we did enough in the first place? You’re now making up a story when it happened, coming out of the corner and pressuring the players with questions.
“To travel Harry Kane says he will wear it [the armband], others say ‘please don’t make political statements’. It’s not good.
“It was organized by other people, and I’m not saying you let it happen, but we all let it happen. Everything was on the table.
“There are amazing people there and it’s not that it’s all bad, but how it happened was not right in the first place,” added Klopp.
“It was already clear what was going to happen and now it’s ‘yes, but it’s difficult to build a stadium in Qatar because we have to do it in their summer and the temperature is 50 degrees’. It’s not good for people. .be outside and do hard, physical work.
“Then there were a lot of chances to say ‘by the way, the process isn’t right’. A lot of people got paid for the wrong reasons. Nothing changed. How can this happen?”
England’s Harry Kane and nine other captains of European teams will wear it ‘One Love’ Links, to promote diversity and inclusion, and as a message against discrimination.
Same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalized in Qatar.
Now he has been asked by the England team “Make a show or a gesture of solidarity with Iranian women.” fighting for their civil liberties” when the two countries met in their opening World Cup match on November 21.
Klopp added that “it’s a tournament and the players go there and do their best for their countries.”
“I look at it from a football point of view and I don’t like that players, from time to time, get into a situation where they have to send a message,” he said.
“You are all journalists, you should have given a message and you didn’t write the most critical article about it.
“It’s not all good for the players, I really have to say. But it’s here and we’re all letting it happen.
“I will watch the games, of course, but it is different from other World Cups.”
A spokesman for Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Handover and Legacy (SC) said: “We commend footballers for using their platforms to raise awareness for important issues.
“We have made every effort to ensure that this World Cup has a transformative impact on improving lives, especially for those involved in the construction of competition and non-competition venues that we are responsible for.”
Qatar World Cup officials also stressed that “everyone is welcome” to visit the country to watch football, and said no one would be discriminated against.
‘The letter highlights the system’s failures’
However, LGBT+ campaigners in England and Wales criticized Fifa over its letter to the 32 competing nations in Qatar.
Three Lions Pride, Rainbow Wall and Pride in Football issued a joint statement condemning the world governing body of football.
“This letter highlights the systemic failures to adequately address human rights issues within global football,” they said.
“The global football community has been calling on Fifa for answers to these issues for almost 12 years.”
They added that Fifa had “provided the real assurances on fan safety that those thinking of going to the World Cup need”.
“Let’s be clear, talking about human rights is neither ideological nor political. It is simply a demand for the dignity and ability of people to watch their teams without fear of abuse,” they said.
“This appears to be an attempt to prevent competing nations from raising the voices of affected communities, such as migrant workers and the LGBT+ community, who have consistently argued that this is not a World Cup for everyone.”