The Algerian Football Federation (AFF) said it will not be taking part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar due to the country’s controversial treatment of migrant workers.
Qatar has said it is hosting the tournament as a gesture of goodwill to its Gulf neighbours after the 2022 elections in which Islamist groups won the majority of seats in parliament.
The 2022 World Cup is to be hosted in Qatar by FIFA, which is run by the ruling family of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The move has prompted a wave of criticism from the Arab world’s sports organisations, with several sporting associations boycotting the event, which starts in the first half of March.
The AFF has refused to take part in Qatar 2022 as it wants the event to focus on football, not migrant workers, said federation president Nasser El Khoury in a statement on Friday.
The federation, which has a membership of about 5,000, has been in Qatar since 2013.
It had agreed to host the tournament on a non-competitive basis until the end of 2019.
El Khourys office said the federation had no objections to hosting the 2022 tournament in Qatar, which it had not previously hosted.