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Norway players wear T-shirts with slogans in protest of Qatar’s human rights record

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Norway players wear T-shirts saying 'Human rights on and off the pitch' prior to kick off against GibraltarNorway's starting XI and substitutes wore T-shirts with 'Human rights on and off the pitch' just before kick-off

Norway players wore T-shirts bearing the message 'Human rights on and off the pitch' before their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar to show support for Qatar migrant workers.

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Captain Martin Odegaard had saidexternal-link before the game that the players were planning to do something to show their feelings.

The players also wore T-shirts saying 'Respect on and off the pitch' as they warmed up in Marbella.

The World Cup is scheduled to get under way in Qatar on 21 November next year.

Norway went on to win their Group G opener 3-0.

Football's world governing body, Fifa, said Norway will not face "disciplinary proceedings" for the protest.

"Fifa believes in the freedom of speech, and in the power of football as a force for good," a statement said.

It was the latest and most high-profile show of dissatisfaction in Norway towards Qatar hosting the World Cup.

Earlier in March, top-flight side Tromso called for the Norwegian FA to consider boycotting the World Cup if they qualified. A number of other Eliteserien clubs then made similar requests.

The clubs were prompted to act by a report in the Guardianexternal-link last month which said 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since the World Cup was awarded in 2010.

In response to that report, the Qatar organising committee said: "We deeply regret all of these tragedies and investigated each incident to ensure lessons were learned. We have always maintained transparency around this issue and dispute inaccurate claims around the number of workers who have died on our projects."

The Qatari government said the "mortality rate among these communities is within the expected range for the size and demographics of the population".

The country controversially beat rival bids from the United States, Australia, South Korea and Japan to host the tournament, with hundreds of thousands of construction workers arriving from overseas.

Qatar has been building seven new stadiums to stage the tournament, which has been moved to winter to avoid the country's extreme summer heat.

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Earlier this week, Amnesty International called on Fifa to press Qatar to honour promised labour reforms before the tournament.

In a four-page letter to Fifa president Gianni Infantino, the human rights organisation said "urgent and concrete action" was needed.

Netherlands head coach Frank de Boer said taking part in Qatar if they qualify for the World Cup "can better promote the cause", but added that talks about boycotting the event are justified.

"A lot of attention is now focused on whether we should go there if we qualify," he said before their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign started with a surprise 4-2 defeat by Turkey on Wednesday.

"It is right to ask that question. Everyone knows that what is happening there is not good."

Erling Braut HaalandErling Braut Haaland and his Norway team-mates wore the T-shirts before kick-off against GibraltarLine-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-ups

Gibraltar

Formation 5-4-1

23Coleing4Sergeant14Chipolina6Wiseman16Mouelhi12Mascarenhas-Olivero10Walker5Annesley3Ronan7Casciaro19De Barr23Coleing4Sergeant14Chipolina6Wiseman16MouelhiBooked at 76mins12Mascarenhas-Olivero10Walker5AnnesleyBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBarnettat 72'minutesBooked at 79mins3RonanSubstituted forBosioat 67'minutes7CasciaroSubstituted forValarinoat 78'minutes19De Barr

Substitutes

1Goldwin2Valarino8Badr Hassan9Styche11Pons13Banda15Barnett17Borge18Santos20Peacock21Moulds22Bosio

Norway

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

1Jarstein16Svensson4Strandberg6Lode15Meling18Midtsjø21Thorstvedt11Elyounoussi10Ødegaard23Haaland9Sørloth1Jarstein16SvenssonBooked at 61minsSubstituted forLinnesat 62'minutes4Strandberg6Lode15Meling18MidtsjøSubstituted forChol Nguenat 62'minutes21Thorstvedt11ElyounoussiSubstituted forHaugeat 45'minutes10ØdegaardSubstituted forBergat 45'minutes23HaalandSubstituted forKingat 62'minutes9Sørloth

Substitutes

2Aleesami3Ajer5Østigard7King8Berg12Hansen13Grytebust14Chol Nguen17Linnes19Fossum20Hauge22ThorsbyReferee:Duje Strukan

Match Stats

Home TeamGibraltarAway TeamNorwayPossessionHome16%Away84%ShotsHome1Away29Shots on TargetHome0Away14CornersHome1Away14FoulsHome15Away16

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    Match ends, Gibraltar 0, Norway 3.

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