Footballers protest conditions for Qatar World Cup workers

Published May 18th, 2016 - 06:59 GMT
A demonstrator holds a placard critical of Qatar's policies regarding the working conditions of migrant workers in light of the increased construction to provide the infrastructure for the Gulf state to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN
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A demonstrator holds a placard critical of Qatar's policies regarding the working conditions of migrant workers in light of the increased construction to provide the infrastructure for the Gulf state to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN Andy Buchanan / AFP

Footballers from Denmark and Norway on Tuesday slammed working conditions for migrant workers employed for 2022 World Cup construction projects in Qatar as "modern slavery".

"Working conditions in Qatar are, unfortunately, cruel," said Norway's Tom Hogli in a video recorded for the Danish Football Players' Association.

Hogli, a 32-year-old defender who plays for Danish premiership side FC Copenhagen, also cited "safety issues" and "poor wages" for the migrant workers.

"Their passports are confiscated and they live in many ways like slaves. The football world cannot accept that," he said in the clip.

"Must thousands of workers die for four weeks of football?" asked his teammate, Danish international midfielder William Kvist.

Mads Oland, head of the players' association, said a similar situation could be avoided in future if world football's ruling body FIFA ensured that "social clauses are observed."

The decision to award Qatar the World Cup has drawn fire due to searing heat in the summer, the poor labour conditions and human rights violations.

Critics include Amnesty International.


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