Uli Hoeneß calls in a double pass, defends Qatar and rumbles against critics: "King of hypocrites"
Created: 09/25/2022, 14:51
By: Antonio Jose Riether
Uli Hoeneß called Doppelpass to support Qatar.
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When it came to Qatar, Uli Hoeneß lost his head.
He called the double pass and rumbled on the live broadcast against Andreas Rettig, who criticizes the cooperation with the emirate.
Munich – Qatar is a hot topic at FC Bayern, and the sponsorship of the World Cup host country was again the focus of discussion during the one-two on Sunday.
Andreas Rettig, DFL Managing Director from 2013 to 2015, was also part of the discussion and argued against cooperation with the state, which has been accused of serious human rights violations for years.
Uli Hoeneß then called the show to present his point of view.
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However, the 70-year-old Hoeneß did not spend much time with manners when he greeted him and began his emotional monologue with an attack.
"I would like to ask Andreas Rettig, the king of hypocrites, whether he doesn't shower so warmly in winter and whether he has already thought about gas from Qatar," Hoeneß attacked the former official.
"And one more argument," Hoeneß continued.
"When the problem was in Afghanistan, all the Germans and officials were only flown out via Qatar with a lot of help from Qatar."
What Hoeneß didn't mention or even left out: Qatar, which presents itself as an ally of the West, maintains good relations with Islamists.
For example, the Taliban maintain a branch office in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
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However, Hoeneß followed suit and jumped to the next point.
"And one thing is for sure, the World Cup, FC Bayern's commitment and other sporting activities will mean that the working conditions for the workers there will be better and not worse."
Qatar is "the only country where things are really getting better," said Hoeneß, who also complained about the allegedly one-sided reporting on the emirate.
“The workers are doing better and not worse because of the World Cup and we should finally accept that.
(...) It will be better because Mr. Scholz or the national team go there,” he is certain.
In addition, the FC Bayern honorary president claimed that 83 percent of the countries in the world would "not treat human rights like Germany" and that if business relations with these states were to be terminated, one could "close the shop".
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Rettig, to whom Hoeneß accused a "catastrophic" argument, then also commented and replied: "It doesn't surprise me that you, as the ambassador of Qatar, argue like this, you have been connected to the house for years," said the former St. Pauli manager.
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“The long way of the Qataris also applies to you when it comes to the topic of sports washing.
And I strongly encourage you to start chatting with people.
Yesterday I was at an event organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, where Amnesty International was also present, and I spoke to a blogger from Kenya, who was there.
Let us explain the circumstances under which people work in this country,” said Rettig, who referred to the difficult conditions for the many migrant workers in the country.
"I can only hope that Mr. Neuendorf (DFB President, note) will prevail with these issues and with the funds for the thousands of victims of construction sites.
Yesterday's report from those who were there was impressive.
I would recommend that you expand your sources a bit more," said the 59-year-old in the direction of Hoeneß.
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However, he did not go into the points objectively and responded with a counter-question: “Have you ever been to Qatar?
I've already been to Qatar and was able to look around locally," Rettig replied that Qatar was not a travel destination for him and added another dig: "Mr. Beckenbauer didn't see any slaves either," said the man from Leverkusen, referring to the statement Franz Beckenbauers from 2013, which caused shocked reactions at the time.
"I assume that you would search a little more intensively," Hoeneß replied.
Rettig had the final word and made it clear: "You can assume that".
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The subject of Qatar has also come back into focus at FC Bayern due to the fixed winter training camp in January.
Last year, the presidium caused a scandal at the annual general meeting when it tried to silence critics of Qatar.
The next general assembly will take place in October, where Qatar sponsorship could again become one of the central issues.