THE AUSTRALIAN MEN'S FOOTBALL TEAM have called out Qatar for it's human rights record ahead of the upcoming World Cup next month.A video featuring 16 players from the Socceroo's highlighted support for topics such as migrant workers' rights, and LGTBQ+ issues in the country.

The video also highlighted the need for permanent positive social change in the country Brighton and Hove Albion's Matt Ryan in one section from the video said: There are universal values that should define football. Values such as respect, dignity, trust and courage. When we represent our nation, we aspire to embody these values.”

Jackson Irvine also said: "We have learned that the decision to host the World Cup in Qatar has resulted in the suffering and the harm of countless of our fellow workers."

"As players, we fully support the rights of LGBTI+ people, but in Qatar people are not free to love the person that they choose," fellow midfielder Denis Genreau added. 

The rest of the video acknowledged that changing Qatar's culture wouldn't be easy but leaving a legacy after the World Cup would be far more impactful for the generations that follow 

"Addressing these issues is not easy. And we do not have all the answers. 

"We stand with Fifpro, the Building and Wood Workers International and the International Trade Union Confederation, seeking to embed reforms and establish a lasting legacy in Qatar. 

"This must include establishing a migrant resource centre, effective remedy for those who have been denied their rights, and the decriminalisation of all same-sex relationships. 

"These are the basic rights that should be afforded to all and will ensure continued progress in Qatar. 

"This is how we can ensure a legacy that goes well beyond the final whistle of the 2022 FIFA World Cup." 

A statement was also posted on the Australian FA's website stated that Australia's representation at the winter World Cup gave the team the chance to raise awareness of some important matters and help affect change globally and domestically. 

"Football Australia has also been working closely with LGBTI+ communities to continue strengthening our inclusive and welcoming environment in our game throughout Australia." 

"As the most multicultural, diverse, and inclusive sport in our country, we believe everyone should be able to feel safe and be their true authentic selves. Whilst we acknowledge the highest levels of assurances given by HH Amir of Qatar and the President of FIFA that LGBTI+ fans will be safely welcomed in Qatar, we hope that this openness can continue beyond the tournament. 

This comes weeks after Danish Kit supplier Hummel announced that they woud be wearing plain football ‘protest’ kits that would criticised Qatar’s human rights record at the event. 

Hummel said in an Instagram post that it "does not wish to be visible" in a tournament it claims, "has cost thousands of lives". 

"We support the Danish national team but that isn't the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation," it said.