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Cantona admits he will not watch World Cup in Qatar

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Former Manchester United icon Eric Cantona commented on Qatar World Cup 2022 and the treatment of workers.

Former France and Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has blasted out at Qatar World Cup 2022 saying he won’t be watching the tournament.

The 55-year-old star criticised the way the Middle East country handled the construction of infrastructure for the competition. He also referred to a report from the Guardian last year which stated the deaths of 6,500 Asian migrants in Qatar.

Cantona told the Daily Mail on Wednesday: “I don’t really care about the next World Cup. Which is not a real World Cup for me.”

“In the last decades, you had a lot of events like the Olympic Games or World Cups in countries that are emerging. Like in Russia or China.”

“But Qatar – it’s not the country of football. I’m not against the idea of hosting a World Cup in a country where there is a possibility to develop and promote football. Like in South Africa or the United States in the 90s.”

“But in Qatar, the truth is that there is no such potential. There is nothing. It’s only about money I think.”

Cantona added: “It’s only about money and the way they treated the people who built the stadiums, it’s horrible. And thousands of people died. And yet we will celebrate this World Cup.”

“Personally, I will not watch [the World Cup in Qatar]. I understand football is a business. But I thought it was the only place where everybody could have a chance.”