Amid several reports of migrants who worked as labour while building FIFA World Cup stadiums in Qatar and were allegedly denied several fundamental human rights, the Dutch national team squad invited migrant workers and played football together.
Notably, the Royal Dutch Football Association had earlier announced that they would call migrant workers during training sessions stating the team would look beyond football during the World Cup campaign.
"First of all, we are going to Qatar to become world champions, but we look beyond football. It is important to meet the people involved. We, therefore, invite them to our training to give them a nice memory as well," Dutch head coach Van Gaal said ahead of visiting Qatar.
Notably, migrant labour who built Qatar's World Cup stadiums were reportedly subjected to discrimination, wage theft, and other abuses as their employers evaded accountability. Despite introducing several labour reforms in recent years, widespread violations of the workers still prevail in the country.
Meanwhile, the United States men's soccer team also spent time with migrant workers to train with the team before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Christian Pulisic, the skipper of the squad, indulged in some drills with migrant workers and his teammates. The players also signed the workers' autographs after finishing the training session.
Team USA posed for a picture with the migrant workers as they held American flags. While the Netherlands will open its campaign against Senegal on November 21 and play Ecuador and the host nation in the group stage, the USA is placed in group B of the stage play. They will play Wales, England, and Iran to see if they can advance to the knockout round.