Lise Klavenes doesn’t throw punches. That’s not her style. For some, it’s a problem. For Klavenes, a former national team player and current president of the Norwegian Football Federation, that’s just who she is.
So she will appeal to FIFA about its ethical conflict, its treatment of migrant workers in the World Cup project, and the rights of women and gays. She is happy, if necessary, to speak candidly to the (mostly male) officials at FIFA rallies and demand that, as football’s leaders, they hold the sport, and themselves, to higher moral and ethical standards.
“Politically, it exposed me a little bit, so maybe people want to ask me, ‘Who do you think you are? She said there is a “cost” to openly questioning human rights and good governance.
She also believes her position reflects that of the Federation and the country. And she says she won’t stop putting pressure on them. “I’m very motivated,” she said. “If I lose motivation, I will quit. I have nothing to lose.”