Netherlands have raised almost €400,000 from auctioning off their matchworn shirts during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, KNVB announces.
The money is used to protect their rights and goes to legal aid and personal development of the migrant workers as well as social activities (such as football) are also financed from the proceeds.
Oranje bowed out of the World Cup on penalties to eventual winners Argentina on penalties in a tense quarter-final clash after facing Ecuador, Senegal and Qatar in the group stages before beating USA in the round of 16. All the shirts worn in these matches were then auctioned off.
Captain Virgil van Dijk spoke of his delight of the impact this auction will have in helping improve the quality of life of migrant workers in the World Cup host nation.
“It is good that we as the KNVB can play a part in improving the situation of migrant workers in Qatar in this way,” said van Dijk.
The Orange captain also reflects on the meeting with migrant workers around a training session for the Dutch national team in Doha. “I’ve stated it before. It seemed like such a simple thing, getting to know each other. But this meeting was very special for both them and for us.
“As far as we’re concerned, this didn’t necessarily have to be in front of the cameras. But the presence of hundreds of journalists has led to worldwide attention for the situation of these people.
“As players we have visibility and the platform and it is therefore important that we also fulfil that role.”
All proceeds will be used to improve the situation of migrant workers in Qatar. The KNVB has asked the trade union FNV to ensure that the auction proceeds are used for this purpose. FNV is involved with migrant workers in Qatar through its participation in BWI (Building and Wood Workers’ International).