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Norwegian club launch QR code jersey to defend rights in Qatar ahead of 2022 World Cup-Sports News, Firstpost

By on December 6, 2021 0


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The Premier League team will don the jersey on Sunday against Viking in the last game of the Norwegian league before the winter break.

Representative image. PA

Norwegian club Tromso IL on Monday presented what they called “the world’s first soccer jersey with a QR code” aimed at defending human rights in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

The jersey, developed in collaboration with Amnesty International, features a QR code that, when scanned, directs users to a website with human rights information and ‘sportswashing’, where countries are trying to clean up their image by organizing sporting events.

“By doing this we hope to spark more discussion, more debate. We want to see more action,” said Tom Hogli, a former player now in charge of public relations at Tromso IL, presenting the shirt.

The Premier League team will don the jersey on Sunday against Viking in the last game of the Norwegian league before the winter break.

Tromso said it was the first professional club to call for a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar last February to protest the conditions of migrant workers in the emirate.

Qatar has vehemently rejected any criticism, insisting it has reformed its labor laws and introduced a minimum wage.

The idea of ​​a Norwegian boycott of the World Cup had gained some momentum in the Scandinavian country earlier this year, but his federation finally voted against the idea in June.

Norway have since failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Amnesty International acknowledged the measures taken by Qatar, but urged it to end abuses against migrant workers, many of whom are involved in the construction of World Cup stadiums and infrastructure.

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