The president of Norway’s federation, a rare woman of influence in soccer, is speaking up.

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Lise Klaveness doesn’t pull punches. It’s not her model. To some, that could be a downside. To Klaveness, a former nationwide staff participant who’s now the president of Norway’s soccer federation, it’s simply who she is.

So she is going to needle FIFA about its moral conflicts, concerning the remedy of migrant staff on World Cup tasks, concerning the rights of girls and homosexual folks. She is completely happy, if wanted, to say it straight to the (principally male) officers at FIFA gatherings, demanding that they, as soccer’s leaders, maintain the game — and themselves — to the next ethical and moral customary.

“Politically it made me a bit extra uncovered, and possibly folks need to inform me, ‘Who do you suppose you’re?’ in numerous methods,” Klaveness, 42, stated in an interview earlier than the Ladies’s World Cup. Overtly elevating questions on human rights and good governance, she stated, additionally “got here with a worth.”

She additionally believes her positions mirror these of her federation, and her nation. And she or he says she won’t cease urgent them. “I’m very motivated,” she stated, “and the day I’m not, I’ll stop. I’ve nothing to lose.”

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