Virgil van Dijk talks about migrant worker issue ahead of World Cup

Virgil van Dijk addresses the concerns of the migrant workers.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and the rest of the Netherlands squad met around 20 workers on Thursday night and signed autographs and played football games with them.

The treatment of the migrant workers in the build up of the World Cup has been the spotlight in Qatar.

“It’s something we all wanted as a group. That’s why we started this process and it was good to meet each one of them and get to know them a little bit,” said Van Dijk, the Dutch captain.

“You don’t have lots of time but you have small conversations and it gives us the energy because they’re so positive to meet us. For us it was exactly the same.”

Many workers have died on the huge construction sites in the build-up to the tournament.

“Obviously we’re not blind, we’re not deaf,” said Van Dijk.

“We see all the news outlets saying so many things about what’s going on over here, so for us it’s good to have our own opinion.

“We have to look ourselves and meet people. It’s not easy because at the end of the day it’s all about playing football. For us it was a big thing and a big point to meet them.”


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