Hector Bellerin drew applause from the audience after delivering a speech that was critical of the conditions migrant workers were forced to work in while building the infrastructure for the World Cup in Qatar.
The Barcelona player did so during the GQ Awards gala. He was awarded as one of the 'Men of the Year' for 2022. And, on receiving the award, he delivered his message.
Hector Bellerin speech
"Being here today means not being in Qatar and not being with the national team," Bellerin started.
"Not being part of it saddens me. But, on the other hand, there is a part of it that makes me happy. I don't know if I would be able to enjoy the burden of 6,500 people who died in the process of building a football World Cup.
"People from countries like Pakistan or Bangladesh. Most of them men in their 30s or 40s who were just looking for a decent life for themselves and their families. Football is once again a reflection of society, of greed, of selfishness.
"There is no limit. We continue to magnify all those things that separate us. That only leads to misunderstanding and inequality. The only way to break down that barrier is to look for humanity, empathy, love, to believe in our communities and the networks that conclude within it.
"In our polarised society, we have to see each other for what we are: people. Thank you all."
👏👏👏 Esto de @HectorBellerin sobre el mundial de Qatar se merece un aplauso no solo por la necesaria denuncia social, sino por la valentía de hacerlo públicamente siendo futbolista. pic.twitter.com/GKb6gY22B9— Julián Macías Tovar (@JulianMaciasT) November 18, 2022
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