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After Qatar criticism: Norwegian association president Lise Klaveness is denied a flight to Doha

2022-06-27T07:55:56.374Z

In March, Lise Klaveness criticized Qatar on the open stage - now she is not allowed to enter the country. Official reason: a missing corona test. In the emirate, officials are supposed to discuss human rights with the government.



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Lise Klaveness on the sidelines of a friendly game

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Qatar critic Lise Klaveness has been denied a flight to the controversial host country of the World Cup.

The president of the Norwegian Football Association was turned away at the gate on Sunday.

According to Klaveness, the reason for this was that she was unable to produce the negative corona test required for the trip.

However, Klaveness emphasized on Norwegian radio that she was not informed of this requirement in advance.

Other delegations from Uefa member associations would have had problems because of this.

The officials will meet representatives of the World Cup OC and the Qatari government on Monday to discuss the local human rights situation.

Klaveness now wants to take part in the talks digitally and plans to follow up later.

"Even if it's only (still) one day, it's about showing presence," said the 41-year-old.

It was "frustrating" that she was initially denied the flight.

Klaveness criticizes World Cup award as "unacceptable"

Klaveness rose to global prominence at the Fifa Congress in March, when she critiqued Fifa and the host country in Doha.

The former national player described the award of the World Cup as "unacceptable".

The 40-year-old also said: "Fifa must take all measures to bring about changes."

Klaveness cited the rights of the LGBT+ community – including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people – as well as human rights, diversity and anti-discrimination as examples.

Fifa President Gianni Infantino was outwardly unperturbed by the attacks.

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Source: spiegel

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