Nadia Nadim, defamed ambassador of the World Cup in Qatar

Her decision to become ambassador for the 2022 Qatar World Cup earned her strong criticism: Danish star Nadia Nadim had to do her best not to bring controversy to her squad at the European Championships. women’s soccer. The Afghan-born player, who arrived in Denmark at the age of twelve after her father’s assassination by the Taliban, has been embroiled in controversy over this paid association since early April.

The election goes even worse, as the Danish Federation has taken the lead in a revolt against the holding of this Men’s World Cup in Qatar (November 21-December 18), pushing for assurances from organizers about human rights and LGBT. in the emirate. The controversy, which had earned her the loss of her status as an ambassador for a Danish refugee aid NGO, had ended up raising a question about the presence in the selection of the former Paris Saint-Germain player.

Nadia Nadim is a divisive person who has become very unpopular for her choice to be ambassador (from the World Cup in Qatar)“Coach Lars Søndergaard acknowledged when he announced his 23-man roster in late June.”She was chosen simply for sporting reasons“, he insisted to explain the presence of the 34-year-old player, returning from a long injury that kept her off the field for nine months.


The other star of the Danish national team, Pernille Harder, a great advocate of LGBT rights, had also distanced herself during the selections. “I would have made other decisions in my career on this subject. We make our own decisions and all I can say is that I would have made other decisionssaid Harder, herself in a relationship with Swedish international Magdalena Eriksson.

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Gay rights in Qatar are one of the issues of concern ahead of the 2022 World Cup. For Nadia Nadim, the controversy came to tarnish the beautiful story of the Afghan boy who became a football star – but also a medical graduate – after growing up in a difficult district of Aarhus, Denmark’s second city. At a press conference convened in late June to explain, the player highlighted her origins and career to justify her choice of Qatar, a “tests“According to her. “I was born in the region and I know what the situation is, also for women“He had defended the native of Herat, the third largest city in Afghanistan.”All my life I have used football as a megaphone. This is what I did when I was 19 and playing in the Rosenhøj ghetto. Now it’s the same, it’s just a bigger megaphonehe pleaded.

There is no shame between us»

World football stars, such as Zinédine Zidane, Xavi Hernandez and Samuel Eto’o, have also played the role of ambassadors for the Qatar World Cup. Fear of being booed when she returned to the Danish public, Nadim was finally applauded by the stadium in a historic match won against Brazil on June 24 (2-1). It was the first time that the women’s team, usually confined to a small venue in Viborg, in the west of the country, played a match in Parken, the national stadium and bastion of the men’s team.

With the approach of the Euro, the team tried to lower the pressure. Nadia Nadim and Pernille Harder thus assured that there was no problem between them. The former remarkably assured that he would fight for his partner to be able to publicly kiss his partner in Qatar. “There is no shame between usHarder replied. Finalists in the last Euro 2017 against the Netherlands, the Danes dream of winning a major first title. Beaten in a friendly by Norway (2-1) just before Euro, the white-and-red team was heavily defeated (4-0) in their first match against three-time European champions Germany.

(With AFP)

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