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Leah Williamson has 'no interest' in watching Qatar World Cup

Leah Williamson has 'no interest' in watching Qatar World Cup

Leah Williamson "hasn't got any interest" in watching the Qatar World Cup.

The Lionesses captain - who led England to victory at the Women's Euros this summer - is “disappointed” that the tournament is being held in the Gulf state, which has a poor human rights record and has been criticised for its stance on same-sex relationships and treatment of migrant workers.

The 25-year-old footballer told BBC Sport: "It's a shame that we are heading into what should be the greatest show on earth with this huge shadow over the top of it.

"And I don't know quite how we got here, if I'm honest.

"I'm disappointed and I think it is a shame as growing up, watching the World Cup was one of the things that brought everybody together."

Williamson is determined to be a "voice" against the host country and hopes that football doesn't end up in a similar situation in the future.

She said: "I want to use my voice.

"I think there's times when it will be appropriate to make sure that this doesn't happen again and be a force for change.

"I'll support the boys but I haven't got any interest in it as a fan really this year, which is sad."

Williamson's England colleague Lotte Wubben-Moy recently confirmed that she would not be watching the World Cup because of the host nation.

She said: "It's tough. As an England team we all have strong values.

"A lot of those values aren't reflected in the way that we see it in Qatar."

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