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"I'm not here to gag mouths": Deschamps' reaction after a question about the World Cup in Qatar


LE SCAN SPORT – During his press conference this Thursday, the boss of the Blues was asked about the latitude he gave his players on social issues.

He is used to discussing topics that go far beyond the field.

And as usual, he adapts to it rather easily most of the time.

This did not miss this Thursday after revealing its group for the four meetings of the League of Nations next June (Denmark, Croatia, Austria and again Croatia).

Asked about Amnesty International's desire to encourage the Blues to speak publicly about the living conditions of immigrant workers in Qatar, the boss of the world champions swapped his smile at the start of the press briefing to regain his seriousness.


It's a very sensitive subject,

" he says at first.

It's not my role or that of the players to put pressure on the FFF.

The Federation, like all the others, has taken the necessary steps to be vigilant and attentive to the situation there.

Relaunched on the subject by our colleague, Didier Deschamps wanted to cut it short.

I don't want to get into a media debate, that's clear, which does not prevent each individual from having and will have their freedom of expression.

I don't have the ins and outs on this file either.


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“You will become legendary if, as reigning world champions, you help us defend and support migrant people working in appalling conditions in Qatar, without whom this World Cup would never have been possible.

Your talent is worth gold, your word must weigh just as much!

writes the NGO, which adds in its press release that the France team will

probably come across these migrant workers in (its) hotel or during (its) trips between stadiums and other training places.


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Asked again about the lack of freedom of expression of these players on this subject, the double world champion, without ever losing his composure, wanted to make things clear.

My freedom of expression is total, but it belongs to me.

(...) I'm not here to gag the mouths, everyone can express themselves in the France team.

Since I became coach, I have shown enough empathy, tolerance and benevolence on many subjects.


Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-05-19

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