"Qatar lobbyist": Rettig counters Uli Hoeneß after a double pass call and draws a North Korean comparison
Created: 09/27/2022, 12:59 p.m
By: Antonio Jose Riether
Uli Hoeneß recently called the Doppelpass indignantly and bickered with Andreas Rettig on the subject of Qatar.
Now the former DFL official countered.
Munich – Last Sunday, Uli Hoeneß once again hit the headlines.
The honorary president of FC Bayern was not invited to the Sport1 double pass, but still called the live broadcast when the hot topic of Qatar was discussed and rumbled against the critics.
Andreas Rettig, who had criticized the organization of the World Cup in the emirate in view of the human rights violations there, was described as the “king of hypocrites”.
Now the former DFL official countered Hoeneß's statements.
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During his spontaneous call, Hoeneß claimed that, among other things, the FC Bayern commitment “results in the working conditions for the workers there getting better and not worse.
One should finally accept that and not constantly hit people.” Hoeneß also said that one could “close the country” if one should no longer do business with countries that do not handle human rights like the Federal Republic.
He also described the arguments of his adversaries – or in his words “smart guys” – as “incredibly catastrophic”.
Andreas Rettig didn't want to let that sit on him during the show and dubbed the Bayern maker "Qatar's ambassador".
Now the former Bundesliga manager
gave an interview in which he went into more detail on the subject.
Andreas Rettig counters Hoeneß: "Qatar lobbyist meets people who are committed to human rights"
Rettig has only one explanation for the blatant divergences of opinion on the subject of Qatar: "That's what happens when a Qatari lobbyist meets someone who is committed to human rights," says the 59-year-old.
Hoeneß also made a comparison with Germany's gas exports, which are also sourced from Qatar.
Rettig sees a problem here and explains: "Unfortunately, the levels are being mixed up here without permission".
Andreas Rettig and Uli Hoeneß exchanged blows on the subject of Qatar.
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For example, the "strategically used sports washing" of Qatar - a country "without freedom of the press and freedom of expression and massive violations of human rights" - cannot be offset against "an economy that has got into an energy shortage through no fault of its own and the fight against it".
Hoeneß' specific question as to whether Rettig would no longer shower so warmly in the future, he replied and said: "I've never been a wimp."
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Hoeneß anger call in double pass: Rettig reacts and draws North Korea comparison
Rettig continued to argue against the points that Hoeneß had stated in a harsh tone on Sunday.
For example, the long-time Bayern manager Rettig denied the expertise on the subject because he had never been to Qatar.
The former DFL managing director replies: “It is not surprising that he is visiting a well-paying partner.
Mr. Hoeneß may not have been to North Korea and will certainly not appreciate the regime there either."
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Rettig criticizes FC Bayern's dealings with Qatar: "Voting by the members is of secondary importance"
The long-standing sporting director of FC Augsburg sees one mistake in particular.
"The biggest shareholders of FC Bayern are the members.
If they refuse such a commitment, that is to be accepted.
For FC Bayern, the votes of its members seem to be of secondary importance,” Rettig observed.
In fact, fans had invited the club leaders several times in recent years to exchange views on the Qatar issue, sometimes also to appointments with guest workers from Qatar.
As noted by some members at last year's AGM, these went unanswered.
Rettig considers the reason for the angry call from the 70-year-old world and European champion to be trivial, Hoeneß "maybe bored" moved the listener.
Hoeneß had also explained his call that in his opinion the discussions about Qatar were "exactly what we need".