After Russia and Qatar World Cup awards, soccer tournament bidders told to focus on human rights

Euro 2024: Germany and Turkey told human rights are 'important' for bids to be considered

Aleksander Ceferin has laid down the law for Germany and Turkey

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

In news which might raise a few eyebrows, Germany and Turkey have been told human rights will be of the "utmost importance" in deciding who will win the right to hold the Euro 2024 soccer tournament.

Both countries are due to place bids to host the football tournament in seven years' time. 

However Uefa, European football's governing body, has made it clear the countries need to meet certain criteria for human and labour rights, as well as anti-corruption measures. 

A statement released by Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said this was of the "utmost importance." The body has reportedly based its criteria on principles and conventions adopted by the United Nations. 

The statement went on to explain both countries had been briefed on the terms, and Germany and Turkey have until April 2018 to submit their bids to Uefa.

The statement may have been motivated by recent developments in Turkey, specifically the fallout from last year's failed coup and the string of new powers awarded to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

However it may come as ironic to some people, given that world football's governing body, Fifa, has awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia - a country long dogged by accusations of human rights abuses - and Qatar, which does not operated a recognised democracy.