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Qatar World Cup officials to tour UK stadiums

Organisers of the Qatar World Cup are due to inspect UK stadiums this week as it prepares to build up to 12 before 2022

Qatar World Cup officials to tour UK stadiums

Organisers of the Qatar World Cup 2022 are expected to travel to the UK this week to inspect stadiums and other infrastructure, the Daily Mail reported.

The officials will visit Emirates Stadium, Wembley Stadium, St George’s Park and Brighton FC’s Amex Stadium and new £30m ($49.2m) training ground, according to the newspaper.

The Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal Football Club, was named after the Dubai-based airline as part of a sponsorship deal.

Qatar will need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars building up to 12 stadiums in the next eight years to host the international soccer tournament.

In its winning bid, Qatar said the state-of-the-art stadiums would be air-conditioned to help deal with the scorching summer temperatures.

However, soccer world governing body FIFA is considering moving the event from summer to winter, most likely in November or December.

Awarding the World Cup to the Gulf state also has been controversial over labour rights, with several international human rights organisations claiming foreign workers have not been paid and have been forced to work in inhumane conditions.

Qatar has been given two weeks to provide a report to FIFA on how it has improved working conditions for labourers.

FIFA will present the report to the European Commission.

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Anon 6 years ago

Forget touring stadia etc, they should take a crash course in basic human rights and humility.