Paris will boycott public screening of World Cup matches on giant screens for this season to protest human rights abuses by Qatar and the environmental impact of the FIFA matches in the desert country. Other French cities are expected to follow the move.
• Qatar has been criticized for violating the rights of migrant workers and creating air-conditioned stadiums
• There will be no giant screens in public fan zones in Paris this FIFA season as a protest against Qatar
• France is the defending champion in World Cup
Why Is Paris Boycotting Public Screening Of World Cup Matches?
Pierre Rabadan, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of sports said that there was the problem of the environmental impact. Rabadan cited air-conditioned stadiums to put force on his words. He further said that the conditions in which those facilities had been built were to be questioned as well.
Qatar Sports Investments owns the city’s football club, Paris Saint-Germain but the move won’t impact the relations between them. Rabadan said that they had very constructive relations with the club and its entourage yet it didn’t prevent them to say when they disagree.