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FIFA sponsors Visa express "grave concern" over Qatar workers

Drinks giant Coca-Cola also says it is "taking these matters seriously"

FIFA sponsors Visa express "grave concern" over Qatar workers
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FIFA sponsors
Visa have expressed "grave concern" at the conditions of migrant
workers in 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.

"We
continue to be troubled by the reports coming out of Qatar related to the World
Cup and migrant worker conditions," said VISA in a statement on Wednesday.

"We have
expressed our grave concern to FIFA and urge them to take all necessary actions
to work with the appropriate authorities and organisations to remedy this
situation and ensure the health and safety of all involved."

The
announcement came two days after the pressure group New FIFA Now and
international workers' unions renewed their call on FIFA sponsors to put
pressure on world soccer's governing body over the issue.

Qatar has been
widely criticised for the treatment of migrant workers, mainly from Nepal and
India, employed in the construction industry.

The country
announced labour reforms in May last year, although organisations such as the
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Amnesty International said
at the time that they did not go far enough.

Soccer's world
governing body has also been criticised for not doing enough to ensure that
workers involved in construction projects related to the World Cup are
protected.

Coca-Cola,
another sponsor, said it expected FIFA to take the matter seriously.

"The
Coca-Cola Company does not condone human rights abuses anywhere in the world,"
it said in a statement.

"We know
FIFA is working with Qatari authorities to address questions regarding specific
labor and human rights issues. We expect FIFA to continue taking these matters
seriously and to work toward further progress."

Anon 4 years ago

The civilized world really must wake up and deal with these serial abusers.