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FIFA Pressured To Act On Migrant Worker Rights By FAs

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FIFA Pressured To Act On Migrant Worker Rights By FAs

Ten National Football Associations from across Europe have signed an open letter directed towards FIFA, pushing the organisers of the upcoming World Cup to act to improve on migrant workers rights in the host nation, Qatar.

The letter is signed by the football associations of Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales, all members of the UEFA Working Group on Human and Labour Rights.

the letter begins by acknowledging and welcoming the legislative changes made in Qatar, and the assurances of the Qatari government that every fan, including LGBTQ+ fans, will be able to find safety, security and inclusion attending the World Cup

However, the letter goes on to raise key issues and ask questions of FIFA, saying: “embracing diversity and tolerance also means supporting human rights. Human rights are universal and they apply everywhere.”

“We will continue to support the momentum for positive, progressive change and continue to advocate for a conclusive update on the two key outstanding issues we have been discussing with FIFA for a long time.

“FIFA has repeatedly committed to deliver concrete answers on these issues – the compensation fund for migrant workers, and the concept of a migrant workers centre to be created in Dohan – and we will continue to press for these to be delivered.

“We believe in the power of football to make further positive and credible contributions to progressive sustainable change in the world.”

Eight names on the letter are of national organisations behind teams contesting the World Cup, with those countries having signed the letter despite recent urging by FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, focus on the tournament and not bring sport ‘into every ideological and political battle’.

Other organisations to raise concerns in recent days about the tournament’s host nation include Denmark and Australia.

The ever-controversial edition of the World Cup, which was initiated by a tainted and corrupt vote by FIFA in 2010, will begin 20 November, 2022.

The publication of this letter comes only months after the FIFA World Cup hit 2.45 million ticket sales in August.

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