Elyounoussi is speaking — in perfect English – ahead of Southampton’s encounter against Burnley on Saturday, a rematch of his first match after a £16 million move from Basel three years ago. He is generous with his time and frank, especially when it comes to Norway’s human rights activism. Elyounoussi and his teammates wore T-shirts with the phrase “Human rights — On and off the pitch” before a World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar in March, and they have waved banners in support of migrant workers before recent qualifiers. At matches, Germany and the Netherlands have also brought the topic to the fore.
In June, Norway’s football federation voted against boycotting Qatar 2022 but Elyounoussi says: “We’re still trying to light this up, that this is important. It might be in another part of the world but we’re here, we see this and we want attention around it.
“I think it is a great thing that we do. It was something we were talking about as a group of players and leaders. We have been talking to other organisations as well, who have been following this up, putting a bit of pressure on Fifa to have a look, to make a change. And there have been changes since this has had attention around it. We were the first ones to do it and we’re still doing it.”
source : Guardian sport