The Norwegian squad wore T-shirts to express concern over the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the human rights record of their hosts ahead of Wednesday’s qualifier against Gibraltar.
The player wore T-shirts with the message ‘human rights – on and off the field’ as they warmed up for the match.
A study released by the Guardian in February found that 6,500 migrant workers had died in Qatar since being awarded the World Cup, and 37 deaths among workers directly linked to stadium construction.
There was talk in Norway about a potential boycott of the competition, and the invitations were led by the Norwegian club Tromso.
Norwegian coach Stale Solbakken said on the eve of the match: “It is about putting pressure on FIFA to be even more direct, even tougher on the authorities in Qatar, to impose stricter requirements.”
Captain Martin Odegaard, who was forced to hit his wrist during the game, added: “I have the impression that many (players) are interested in this, that they care about it and want to do something to try to contribute in a good way.”
The Norwegian Football Association (NFF) set up a committee this week to consider these concerns, following an announcement by the Dutch Football Federation that spoke on the subject this week.
The board consists of 14 people (six women, eight men), and the NFF says it contains “a broad composition of people in and out of football, with different voices in the debate and with important professional competence in matters that the board needs to assess.”
According to the association, the committee will consider what the state “should do to respond to Qatar’s human rights treatment in the country, including studying, evaluating and setting up an instrument that Norwegian football will use for its reaction.”