Qatar causes FIFA official to urge for workers' rights

Qatar causes FIFA official to urge for workers' rights

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A Vice President of FIFA is insisting on minimum standards of worker protection on World Cup projects, amid issues in Qatar.

Hundreds of workers have died so far in the Arab state as they have begun to prepare to host the World Cup in nine years time.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, a VP and member of the committee, is urging the global football governing body to have stronger working standards in place to avoid similar issues in the future. He says: “Of course we can’t intervene in another country’s affairs. But where we have a direct responsibility, for the stadiums for example, then we should have standards in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

This comes after unions have warned that labour conditions in Qatar could result in thousands of deaths before the tournament starts in 2022.

The FIFA executive committee is also in discussions about moving the 2022 World Cup from summer to winter in the Northern Hemisphere – or potentially changing the location of the football tournament.

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