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    Should be on December 8th Robbie Williams perform as part of the football World Cup in Qatar – more precisely at the Doha Golf Club. He has now defended the concert in the emirate: “Those who tell me online ‘No to Qatar!’ do so on platforms with Chinese technology. It would be hypocritical if I didn’t go to Qatar, just thinking about the other places I sing every time,” he said in an interview with the Italian newspaper on Friday (November 18). “Il Venerdi di Republica”.

    Robbie Williams rather not a moralist

    Of course he doesn’t tolerate human rights violations, so the Brit – only to limit shortly afterwards: “But if we didn’t tolerate human rights violations in the rest of the world, the result would be the shortest tour in the world for me. I couldn’t even perform in my kitchen anymore.” Change takes time. Our attitude, on the other hand, is generally: “Behave like us or we will expel you from the community. Act like us, because we are right”.

    Nowadays you use the microscope and finally say: “OK, these are the bad guys and we have to fight them…” He thinks that’s hypocrisy – otherwise you have to apply the same reasoning to everything else in the world. “And in that case, nobody could go anywhere,” Williams said.

    In an earlier interview with “dpa”, the musician had already announced that he would not boycott the World Cup: “I’ll watch the World Cup, yes”. That would not be a decision for a regime – first and foremost he was simply a “huge fan of football”.

    Dead guest workers, disenfranchised minorities

    The FIFA World Cup in Qatar is – apart from the most likely corrupt award and ecological aspects – mainly criticized because of the human rights situation in the desert state. At the beginning of November, World Cup ambassador Khalid Salman described being gay as “mental damage”. Sexual violations of Sharia are punishable by imprisonment and flogging. The tournament was made possible by guest workers from Asia who toiled for up to 14 hours a day in the brutal heat. 6,500 migrant workers died during the construction work.

    Robbie Williams last appeared on the live show “Wetten, dass…?” on Saturday.

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