FIFA could threaten Norway with a ban from the 2026 World Cup as part of sanctions they are considering over the country’s potential boycott of the 2022 tournament, according to a report from the country.
Norway’s players – including Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland – have voiced their disapproval over the tournament being held in Qatar next year due to the nation’s questionable human rights record.
Players have worn t-shirts criticising the decision before matches, and the Norwegian FA (NFF) have been consistent in their belief that the tournament should not be staged there.
Norwegian publication NRK say that the NFF will hold a vote on Sunday when they will reach their final decision over whether or not they will boycott next winter’s tournament.
Norway – who are not at the ongoing European Championships – have already played in three qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, beating Gibraltar and Montenegro and losing 3-0 to Turkey in March.
Prior to those three games, Norway players warmed up in t-shirts bearing the slogan ‘Human rights on and off the pitch’ in what was seen as a damaging incident for FIFA, who have consistently backed their decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar despite a large amount of public outcry.