As reported by ESPN, speaking to Sky Sports after his Manchester United side’s Premier League win at Fulham today, midfielder Bruno Fernandes raised concerns over the staging of the World Cup in Qatar later this month. The Portuguese player explained:
“It’s not exactly the time we want to be playing the World Cup. I think for everyone, players and fans, it’s not the best time… 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 in the construction of the stadiums. We’re not happy about that at all… 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 and should be done in a better way.”
Last week, Fernandes was named in Portugal coach Fernando Santos’ 26-man squad that will travel to the Middle East ahead of the opening game next week. Portugal face Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.