German football club Hoffenheim not in coverage of the World Cup

BERLIN – German soccer team Hoffenheim will skip this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

The club said on Thursday it will not be covering the tournament because of the difficulty in providing what it says is the “urgently needed analytical commentary contextualizing sporting events” in the Middle Eastern country.

Hoffenheim provided photos and text articles primarily focused on their own players at major tournaments, but the club said in a statement that it would “waiver this type of reporting” across all of its media outlets for this year’s event.

The Bundesliga club referred to the “dubious circumstances of the awards process, the catastrophic conditions at the stadium’s construction sites, the harmful impact on the climate and the structural conditions necessary to hold an event like this in the desert at this unusual time”.

The World Cup, traditionally held in June and July, will start on November 20th and end on December 18th this year to avoid the country’s extreme heat.

“The main focus, however, is on human rights violations and discrimination against homosexuals in the autocratic Gulf state,” Hoffenheim said in his statement.

On Monday, Qatar’s ambassador to Germany was urged to abolish his country’s penalties for homosexuality during a congress organized by the German football federation.

Federation president Bernd Neuendorf also called on the Qatari government to establish work centers where migrants can go in case of employer violations and a compensation fund for the relatives of workers who died or were injured at the construction sites of the federation. World Cup.

“We just don’t want to cover this World Cup in a lighthearted way,” said Hoffenheim. “It needs to be clearly put into context with an assessment of the surrounding circumstances and a commentary on the latest developments.”

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