The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been making the headlines for weeks now. Just, not really or only for the rolling ball and iconic football stars on the pitch. From allegations of corruption in the process leading up to the awarding of the competition, to accusations of breaches of human rights in the build up of the stadiums hosting the competition: little has been left uncovered by the press. For these and many other reasons, a relevant share of staunch football fans across Europe are boycotting the competition. But what does it take to organise a boycott? And how are football fans living this peculiar moment in the history of sports? On this podcast episode of Europe Talks Back, host Alexander Damiano Ricci talks to Eliot Dickinson, Chief of staff at Bulle Media and huge football fan who is boycotting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as well as to Chiara Jaumann, copywriter at Heimat Berlin, the creative agency who, together with Boycott Qatar 2022 and Laut Gegen Nazis, ideated the Football Blackout for Human Rights campaign.
The Football Blackout for Human Rights campaign website: https://footballblackout.org/
The 10th of December is the International Human Rights Day.