Qatar sidestepped questions about human rights protests by other countries in relation to the building of World Cup stadiums, following their friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night.

The Qatar team also refused to take a knee before the match, a gesture that has been used by players to show support for the movement for racial equality since last June.

Norway, the Netherlands and Germany have all used the last week's international games to take a stand against the 2022 World Cup hosts' alleged violations against migrants.

Media reports have stated that over 6,500 migrant workers have died in the Gulf nation since the country was awarded the right to host the 2022 World Cup ten years ago. 

When Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez Bas was asked after the Ireland game why his players did not take a knee, and what he made of the human rights protests, the Qatar FA press officer interjected to say: "Let me answer this. First there was an agreement between us and the Irish FA and regarding the human rights, we respect that and the International Labour Organisation are aware of the progress in our country. Thank you."

When Sanchez Bas was asked for his view, he replied: "I repeat the same answer my colleague said. Also I have to tell you I am a national team coach and I am here in a press conference from one football game and that's what I am going to talk about because that's why I am here."

On Monday, Ireland manager Stephen said the allegations of human rights violations in Qatar cannot be swept under the carpet.

"There is a clear issue with human rights issues in the building of stadiums in Qatar," Kenny said. 

"A number of people have died, and you can't sweep that under the carpet. It's not acceptable for so many people to lose their lives.

"The disparity of wealth between rich and poor, to have people living in conditions of squalor and people dying in those conditions overall is not acceptable."