Amnesty: "FIFA should pay 440 million dollars for abused migrants in Qatar"



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Amnesty: "FIFA should pay 440 million dollars for abused migrants in Qatar"

For the first time in history, the FIFA World Cup will be played between late Autumn and early Winter: a choice decided after the announcement of the host country, Qatar, which, in the Summer, would have presented prohibitive weather conditions to play.

However, amidst the trampling of human rights, political scandals and bribes, the World Cup in Qatar will remain the most controversial in the history of soccer. Amnesty International has asked FIFA for compensation of at least 440 million dollars for migrant workers in Qatar, a country accused of not respecting the rights of these workers, who would have seen their human rights trampled on.

Amnesty and other human rights organizations blamed the FIFA board for its slow response to poor working conditions for workers on construction sites building stadiums and infrastructure. Amnesty International said in its statement: "FIFA is expected to divert at least $ 440 million to compensate for the damages suffered by the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who are victims of human rights violations in Qatar during the preparations for the 2022 World Cup.

This sum, which corresponds to what the 32 participating teams will divide, is the minimum necessary to compensate workers and protect them from future abuse. Unpaid wages, collection of illegal and exorbitant employment taxes, as well as damages caused by accidents at work.

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The controversies of Qatar 2022

The assignment of the tournament to the Qatari state did not fail to arouse controversy already at the time of the official decision, considered wrong by the then American President Barack Obama.

In June 2014, close to the Brazilian World Cup, The Sunday Times made accusations of corruption: it was in fact advanced the hypothesis that Mohamed bin Hammam had given bribes to other confederations to pilot the outcome of the draw.

Despite reports of evidence of corruption being found, FIFA stated that it had not found any irregularities in the allocation of the tournament. In 2018, the Sunday Times itself renewed the accusation claiming to have evidence regarding the sabotage of the other candidates: even in this case, no supporting evidence was found.

A few months later, in June 2019, Michel Platini (UEFA president from 2007 to 2016) was placed under arrest on similar charges: declaring himself unrelated to the facts, the former French player was released soon after. The construction of the stadiums and infrastructures linked to the 2022 World Cup has also aroused controversy and outrage, both in terms of safety at work and the poor economic treatment reserved for workers.

On the occasion of the first qualifying match, the Norwegian national team wanted to take a stand in favor of human rights by asking FIFA to be "direct and firm towards the Qatari authorities." On 20 June 2021 the Norwegian Football Federation, with an internal vote, rejected the proposed boycott of the World Cup in Qatar.

The extraordinary congress it called for the participation of the national football team after a vote that ended as follows: 368 votes and 12. Similar initiatives are also developing in other countries, in particular in Denmark, in Germany and also in other countries.

Further disputes, of another nature, instead concerned the impact with the seasonal calendar, both as regards the national championships and as regards the continental cups.