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Roy Keane says four times in 30 seconds that World Cup should not be in Qatar

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Roy Keane has emerged as an unlikely hero of human rights activists by roundly condemning the hosting of the World Cup by Qatar.

The former Ireland and Manchester United legend was speaking ahead of the Argentina v Saudi Arabia clash as part of ITV’s pundit team.

Both him and Graeme Souness were asked about Qatar – who have a terrible record of human rights when it comes to the LGBT+ community, women and migrant workers – hosting the tournament and both were unequivocal in their condemnation.

Former Liverpool and Scotland man Souness said: “They’ll be praying that the football provides a good tournament and they will only be talking about that going forward, but I am afraid that there are so many activists out there that they will forever he talking about Qatar’s human rights record.

“That’s a fact of life; they have to deal with that.

“By having a World Cup here they have a chance to put certain things right but they’re not going to put everything right. We don’t live in a perfect world.”

Keane then spoke up, saying: “On the back of what Graeme was saying there, the World Cup shouldn’t be here. It shouldn’t be here.

“It’s been mentioned about the corruption with FIFA, the way they treat migrant workers, gay people…it’s great that it’s been brought up. They shouldn’t have the World Cup here; you can’t treat people like that.

“We all love football, we love soccer and we’re all about spreading the game but just to dismiss human rights just because of a football tournament is not right. It shouldn’t he here.”

Keane had already said that he thinks England captain Harry Kane should’ve worn the OneLove armband despite FIFA warnings.

On the day the Three Lions kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 6-2 win over Iran, a joint statement from seven European nations who had signed up to the OneLove campaign – which included England and Wales – confirmed the armbands would no longer be worn due to fear of a yellow card being issued.

The band contains the rainbow colours associated with the Pride flag and had been set to be a strong statement in Qatar, a country which criminalises same-sex relationships.

Kane instead wore FIFA’s ‘No discrimination’ armband – which is not rainbow coloured – after the organising body brought forward its own campaign on Saturday for the finals in Qatar.

The Tottenham striker had previously sported the OneLove armband in UEFA matches this season after the participating nations were given permission but he was unable to do so at the Khalifa International Stadium.

But former Man Utd captain Keane insisted that Kane and Wales captain Gareth Bale should’ve “stuck to their guns and done it” despite warnings from FIFA.

“I think the players could have done it for the first game and took the punishment, whatever that might be,” Keane told ITV.

“Obviously you’re risking Kane if …

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