Hoeneß defends Polter performance: “Exactly what we need”

Updated on 09/26/2022 at 06:45

  • Uli Hoeneß defended his spontaneous appearance on the Sport1 show “Doppelpass”.
  • The Honorary President of FC Bayern is still convinced that the World Cup in Qatar would bring improvements in the country.

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Uli Hoeneß finds the discussions about his public dispute with former DFL managing director Andreas Rettig in relation to World Cup hosts Train Well. “That’s exactly what we need. Thanks to football, the focus is on Qatar, which brings changes,” said the honorary president of the German record champions FC Bayern Munich the “Bild” newspaper and emphasized again: “I myself had reasonable discussions with those responsible.”

Hoeneß with a spontaneous appearance in a double pass

Hoeness had spontaneously on Sunday during the discussion about the controversial human rights situation in the emirate in Sport1’s “double pass”. put through by phone and Rettig, who would like to see the World Cup become the “biggest PR disaster” as the “king of hypocrites”. “The World Cup and that Commitment of FC Bayern and other sporting activities in the Gulf region will cause the working conditions for workers get better there, not worse. You should finally accept that and not constantly hit people,” Hoeneß rumbled.

He believes “of course” that sport can improve the human rights situation, and the 70-year-old gave an example of this: “A few years ago, the FC Bayern women’s team was the first women’s team in Qatar to play with shorts. That was a sensation and a breakthrough for women’s football.”

Hoeneß makes his decision as to whether he travels to the World Cup or not depends on sporting matters. If after the preliminary round he has the feeling that “our national team is doing well, there’s something in it – then I’ll fly there”.

Rettig: Hoeneß has been associated with the ruling family in Qatar for years

Hoeneß has been associated with the ruling family in Qatar for years, Rettig said on the TV show: “It doesn’t surprise me that you argue like that, Mr. Hoeneß, as Qatar’s ambassador.” Qatar’s sport washing, to improve its image by investing in sport, has had an effect, said the former managing director of the German Football League.
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Manuel Neuer will wear a special captain’s armband at the World Cup in Qatar to take a stand against discrimination and for diversity. Since the DFB captain for the Nations League game against Hungary is missing due to corona, it will probably be taken over by Joshua Kimmich for the time being. The bandage is adorned with a colorful heart and the inscription “One Love”.

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