Auxerre fans unveiled banners at the Parc des Princes protesting the FIFA World Cup in Qatar ©Getty Images

Supporters of Ligue 1 side Auxerre displayed a banner calling for a boycott of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar during a match against Paris Saint-Germain, the football club owned by the Qatari state. 

A banner which read "Boycott Qatar 2022" was displayed at the Parc des Princes today by away fans on what is the final weekend of top-level club football in Europe before the World Cup.

Another messaged reading "Fuck Qatar" was also on show.

Rights groups have consistently criticised Qatar's record on human rights in the build-up to the tournament, including its treatment of migrant workers, lack of women's rights and free speech and the fact homosexuality is illegal.

Some European fans are also unhappy that the tournament has been moved to northern hemisphere's winter and the middle of the European club season.

When Qatar won the hosting rights it had claimed the tournament could go ahead in its usual window, with air-conditioning technology promised at match venues.

League leaders PSG defeated Auxerre 5-0 today with Kylian Mbappé - who is anticipated to star for defending champions France in Qatar - among those on the scoresheet.

State-run Qatar Sports Investments has been the majority shareholder of PSG since 2011 - a year after the country was awarded the World Cup.

Last week, fans of German clubs displayed banners across a variety of games in protest at Qatar holding the World Cup.

Hertha Berlin supporters displayed a message saying "15,000 deaths for 5,760 minutes of football - shame on you" at the Olympic Stadium while travelling Bayern Munich fans erected a similar banner.

Borussia Dortmund fans lifted a large sign stating "Boycott Qatar 2022" at the Signal Iduna Park against Vfl Bochum.

Germany's national football body is in a group of UEFA members vowing support for "universal" human rights and rejecting FIFA pleas to "stick to football" before Qatar 2022.

The French Football Federation is not in that group.

Thousands of migrant workers are reported to have died in Qatar since the country won the right to host the World Cup, although the true figure is unclear.

The Qatari Government insists there were 37 deaths among labourers at World Cup construction sites, with three being "work-related", between 2014 and 2020.

However, the International Labour Organisation claims this is an underestimation as Qatar does not include deaths from heart attacks and respiratory failure as work-related, despite them being common symptoms of heatstroke caused by working in very high temperatures.

The Qatar 2022 World Cup is set to take place between November 20 and December 18.