Jordan Henderson has admitted his family may not be at the World Cup in Qatar due to safety concerns. The England midfielder has revealed that his father is not planning to visit following the mismanagement of the Champions League in Paris.
The World Cup is less than two months away. But there are concerns over the safety of fans travelling to Qatar due to strict laws and human rights concerns surrounding the game.
Henderson is the second England international to speak out about the safety of his family in Qatar after Eric Dier revealed he had told his family not to fly to Qatar.Liverpool captain daily star Says:
“I think it’s pretty scary [Champions League final situation]. When I was talking to some of my friends, like my family and my dad, it was pretty bad.
“I think, as a fan, if you go to a game and you don’t feel comfortable and feel threatened no matter what the situation, then you don’t want to go anymore.
“It’s really that simple. My family and friends have had several experiences over the past few years that have really shocked them – and may have put them off future competitions.”
“Hopefully in the near future, when it gets closer to the Championship, things will change. But when you see scenes like the European final and the Champions League final, they really don’t want to put themselves in that situation again. My dad Say, after the Champions League final, that’s what he did.
“As it gets closer to it, I think Qatar has a lot of security elements and what’s going on, and I’m sure that will make people safer.
“But when you’ve had these experiences, sometimes you think it’s worth the risk. If it were me, I wouldn’t want to put myself in that situation. But we have to get closer to the time.”
England in World Cup Group B
At the World Cup in Qatar, England are in Group B with the United States, Iran and Wales.
Their first game is against Iran on November 21. They then face the United States on November 26, followed by Wales on November 30.