FIFA urged to criticize Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al-Baker for sexist comments

Akbar Al-Baker uttered the sexist comments while at an IATA Convention in Sydney, he later apologized.
Updated 09 June 2018

FIFA urged to criticize Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al-Baker for sexist comments

  • Al-Baker said women could not lead an airline as the work was too challenging.
  • Foundation for Sports Integrity urges FIFA to reprimand one of its premium sponsors.

The Foundation for Sports Integrity (FFSI) has hit out at Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al-Baker for comments he made about women last week, and asked FIFA to reprimand one of its main sponsors.
At an IATA Convention in Sydney Al-Baker claimed that women could not lead an airline as the work was too challenging.
Jaimie Fuller, FFSI chief executive, said if FIFA did not publicly criticize Al-Baker it would be doing a huge disservice to the many millions of women who love football and will be glued to the TV watching the upcoming World Cup.
“Mr Al-Baker says raising (his backward views on women) is simply part of a campaign against them that was linked to criticism — and jealously — over Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup,” Fuller said.
“Who made the decision to go to Russia and Qatar? FIFA. So, the very least FIFA could do is show some leadership on this matter.
“What I would like to see — for once — is FIFA push back on it sponsor in this instance and say the attitude is unacceptable. It’s 2018, not 1918!
“If we all have to roll-up to Qatar in four years’ time to watch our national team in action, then FIFA has a responsibility to drag its sponsors — in this case Qatar Airways — kicking and screaming into the 21st century.”
Qatar Airways has been a premium sponsor of FIFA for more than a year.


Kimmich: Bayern need to stay ‘hungry’ for Champions League bid

Updated 09 July 2020

Kimmich: Bayern need to stay ‘hungry’ for Champions League bid

  • Under head coach Flick, Bayern have won all 11 games since the season resumed in mid-May

BERLIN: Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich says the double-winning German champions must stay “fully focused and greedy” for more silverware during their two-week holiday before launching their assault on the Champions League.

“Now it’s time to recharge our batteries and then tackle the Champions League with full focus and greed,” the 25-year-old told magazine Sport Bild.

Head coach Hans-Dieter Flick sent Bayern on a two-week holiday after winning the German Cup last Saturday before fine-tuning their preparations for the Champions League.

After completing the double with a 4-2 cup final win over Leverkusen, Bundesliga champions Bayern are on a 17-match winning streak dating back to February.

Under Flick, Bayern have won all 11 games since the season resumed in Germany in mid-May amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bayern are chasing a treble and are among the favorites in Europe after routing Chelsea 3-0 in London in the last 16, first leg, last February before the Champions League halted due to COVID-19.

Bayern still need to finish the tie to reach the quarterfinals and the draw for the remaining rounds in the knockout stages takes place this Friday. Kimmich called on his teammates to keep training during their break to maintain the “hunger” for the Champions League finals in Lisbon next month.

“It will be decisive how we return from vacation: We want to keep that feeling, that hunger,” Kimmich added.

Having stumbled last November, when Flick succeeded Niko Kovac who was sacked following a 5-1 thrashing by Frankfurt, Bayern are now in great form.

Robert Lewandowski has scored 51 goals this season, including 34 in the Bundesliga and is the Champions League’s top-scorer with 11.

Behind the Poland striker, Thomas Mueller has 25 assists, including a record 21 in the Bundesliga.

Kimmich has bossed the defensive midfield alongside Germany teammate Leon Goretzka and suggests Bayern have developed a mental edge.

“In the last two seasons, mentality has been the most important factor in winning the German league title,” said Kimmich.

“FC Bayern may be ahead of other teams in this respect.”