Stephen Kenny says he has no protest planned for tonight's Qatar match

Stephen Kenny says he has no protest planned for tonight's Qatar match

THE IRISH manager has said that he has not instructed his players to protest in tonight's friendly against Qatar.

Stephen Kenny has said that our international team has not been instructed to protest tonight's game against Qatar.

Norway, Germany and Holland have all made statements on the pitch about human rights issues in Qatar, who will host the World Cup in 2022.

"There is a clear issue with human rights issues in the building of stadiums in Qatar," said Kenny on Tuesday before the match.

"A number of people have died, and you can’t sweep that under the carpet. It’s not acceptable for so many people to lose their lives.

"The disparity of wealth between rich and poor, to have people living in conditions of squalour and people dying in those conditions overall is not acceptable."

He said: "I don’t know if the players are protesting, we haven’t discussed it.

"I’ll leave that up to themselves. I certainly have nothing planned from my point of view."

Former Ireland manager Brian Kerr recently called on FIFA to take responsibility, amid allegations that thousands of migrant workers have died building stadiums for the tournament due to take place in 2022.

Speaking last week, young defender Dara O'Shea said that the players had no protest planned, though this was before a big game against Luxembourg, when he probably had other things on his mind.