Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has admitted his reservations about the World Cup in Qatar.
Fernandes, who will be representing Portugal at the Qatar tournament, spoke after his side’s 2-1 victory against Fulham, the final Premier League match before the World Cup break.
The 28-year-old told reporters after the game that is was “strange” the World Cup is starting in a week’s time, on November 20.
“It’s not exactly the time we want to be playing in the World Cup,” he said.
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“I think for everyone, players and fans, it’s not the best time. Kids will be at school, people will be working and the timings will not be the best for people to watch the games.
“We know the surroundings of the World Cup, what has been in the past few weeks, past few months, about the people that have died on the construction of the stadiums. We are not happy about that at all.
“We want football to be for everyone, everyone has to be included and involved in a World Cup because a World Cup is the world.
“It’s for everyone, it doesn’t matter who. These kind of things I think should not happen at any time. But for a World Cup it’s more than football, it’s a party for fans, players, something that’s a joy to watch, should be done in a better way.”
The World Cup in Qatar is controversial for reasons outlined in this article. It is also the first time the tournament will be taking place at the end of the calendar year.