World Cup stadium projects on track

Article Written by : Online Soccer Champions – All About Soccer

The building of the World Cup stadium has resumed, after FIFA claimed that they have included measures to protect migrant workers.

This statement was released after, Amnesty accused FIFA and the Qatari authorities of mistreating their migrant workers, who were hired to work on the stadium in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty accused FIFA, after interviewing 132 contractors and 102 landscapers, who are working on the project.

The report stated that the abuse of these workers was “a stain on the conscience of world football”.

FIFA’s statement said that, they have been working with a number of parties, including Amnesty international from 2011 to provide fair working conditions on their construction projects.

The statement gave examples of FIFA’s attempt to improve working conditions. These examples included structures that were put in place by the Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. In which Workers Welfare Standards were implemented in 2014 and reports were publicly available.

The Head of sustainability at FIFA, Federico Addiechi said “We are fully aware of the risks facing construction workers in Qatar and we are confident that the measures taken by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy are the appropriate ones and have already improved the situation for migrant workers working on FIFA World Cup construction sites.

“We closely monitor developments and address issues through our regular contact with the Supreme Committee. We have also met with a number of key stakeholders to discuss the best way forward.

“Of course many challenges remain, but we are on the right track and committed to continue improving, to further contribute to the protection of workers’ rights at the FIFA World Cup stadium projects.”

Qatar did not buy the 2022 World Cup says Blatter

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The previous president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter said that Qatar did not buy the chance to host the 2022 World Cup. The Former president has been banned for a period of 8 years for a “disloyal payment” of 1.3 million pounds. This payment was allegedly split between UEFA president Michel Platini.

Blatter said in a Times interview “You cannot buy a World Cup, it will go at the end where the higher political influences are,”

“I am sure there is justice in this world and that I have committed nothing which goes to criminal law. I have killed nobody, I have not robbed a bank, I have not taken any money from anywhere.”

Blatter and Platini have appealed against the football ban and their appeals were heard in late February. The two have said that they have not been in contact with one another after they were arrested by swiss police last year.

Blatter stated “I have never had a contact with Platini since we were picked up after the meeting of the executive committee,”.

“We were picked up by the Swiss police and put in a room and I asked him: ‘Do you know what they want from us?’ He said ‘no’ and they have seen that we are speaking and they have separated us.

“Only later I knew why they wanted to see us. There has been no contact, no telephone, nothing.”

FIFA is looking to elect a new president in late february and have 5 potential candidates lined up.