According to information from the "Suddeutsche Zeitung", the German Football Association (DFB) is considering cooperation with Qatar Airways. Referring to "several sources in political and business circles," the "SZ" reports that the DFB is currently in negotiations with the state-owned airline of the 2022 World Cup hosts. The DFB, in the person of marketing chief Holger Blask, did not comment on the content to the newspaper.
As Bild am Sonntag and dpa concur, the contract between the DFB and Lufthansa in this regard is to be terminated prematurely on 31. December to be ended. According to dpa information, this was decided during a meeting of the DFB presidium last Thursday. No official statement on the matter was initially available. The partnership with Germany's largest carrier was originally set to run until 2022.
National players set an example for human rights as recently as March
National players such as the recently retired Toni Kroos had openly addressed the lack of workers' rights and discrimination against homosexuals in the Emirate. The national team had positioned itself with the slogan "Human Rights" before its World Cup qualifying match against Iceland in March. The shirts with the eleven letters painted on them were then auctioned off for the benefit of the homeless aid organization.
The first analysis: what the German national team can learn from this European ChampionshipWith the lettering, the DFB and the national team wanted to draw attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations. Interpreted this as an explicit sign in the direction of Qatar. Qatar Airways sponsors, among others, the European Football Union (Uefa), the world federation Fifa, Bayern Munich and Paris St. Germain, which is owned by the state-owned Qatar Sports Investments. (sid)