The former national player Thomas Hitzlsperger has demanded more honesty in the discussion on the awarding of the Football World Cup 2022 to Qatar.
It would rather, if you say tough: the Arab world is an important market with potent sponsors, you have given a top application, so we play there, said the CEO of the Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart Kicker.
The World Cup host is controversial due to its handling of guest workers as well as with women s and minority rights, especially from Western perspective. Hitzlsperger therefore finds the approach correctly to address the focus on the social circumstances by means of the tournament and possibly to attempt changes. One tries to make the old diplomatic idea of change by approximation, said the 39-year-old.
However, he does not believe in significant changes alone through the World Cup. His hopes were limited, said the European Championship second of 2008. It will not be difficult for the World Association FIFA to show pictures for four weeks, which mediated the impression of progress, without changing something in the country in the coming years.
But I do not believe in a sustainable improvement alone through a World Cup. Russia has not become more democratic and liberal after the last World Cup, said Hitzlsperger.