I'm the wrong person to ask - Klopp on Qatar politics
SHOWS: DOHA, QATAR (DECEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, SAYING: "This is a really serious thing to talk about and I really think these answers should be given by people who know more about it, and know more about the influence.
I think I kind of have to be influential in football, but in politics, other people have to be influential.
Anything I say wouldn't help, it would just create another headline, positive or negative, who cares, so another headline, that is not how it should work.
I like you ask the question, but I think I am the wrong person to answer it.
Like all the other athletes are the wrong person to answer it.
We arrived here, we were very welcomed.
Everything is fine, everything organised like it should be, that is our situation here.
Organising the competition, wherever it is in the world, FIFA did that so they have to think about these kind of things.
We represent Europe, we represent Liverpool first and foremost, that is what we do, we are invited, qualified, so we go there.
Sportsmen have to make the decision about if they are part of a competition, wherever it is in the world, that is not right, these decisions have to be made beforehand." STORY: Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, in Qatar for the Club World Cup, said that it is wrong that managers and players are asked to comment on the suitability of a country for hosting global tournaments.
The European champions will play Mexico's Monterrey at the Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday (December 17) in the semi-final of the FIFA tournament which concludes on Saturday (December 21).
Asked at a news conference about whether it was right to play in a country where rights for homosexuals are restricted, Klopp said that was for others to address.
Qatar will host the World Cup in 2022 when fans from 32 nations will flock to the gulf state for a month of football action.
As in a number of majority Muslim countries, homosexual acts are strictly prohibited in Qatar although the law is rarely enforced.
During the preparations for the competition, Qatari officials had met with Liverpool supporters groups, including the LGBT group 'Kop Outs!'
To discuss their concerns about attending the tournament.
Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said the club were given assurances by Qatari authorities that their LGBT supporters would be welcomed in the Gulf state.
Klopp said decisions on where to host events were not matters for sportspeople themselves but the administrators.
Meanwhile Klopp said the football authorities need speak to each other before introducing more competitions, including the expansion of the Club World Cup from 2021 onwards.
(Production: Abdelhadi Ramahi and Iain Axon)