The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, which is responsible for organising the FIFA World Cup in nine years’ time, has said that it is “appalled” by reports that have emerged about conditions endured by migrant workers in the country.
The Committee said that the Qatari government would study the allegations made by the UK’s Guardian newspaper about Nepalese workers in Qatar. FIFA said that it was “very concerned” by the report, which claimed that at least 44 workers had died between June 4 and August 8 because of heart-related issues or workplace accidents.
“There is no excuse for any worker in Qatar to be treated in this manner,” the Committee said. “The health, safety, well-being and dignity of every worker that contributes to staging the 2022 FIFA World Cup is of the utmost importance to our Committee and we are committed to ensuring that the event serves as a catalyst toward creating sustainable improvements to the lives of all workers in Qatar.”
The Committee added: “We firmly believe that all workers engaged on our projects, and those of the other infrastructure developers in Qatar, have a right to be treated in a manner that ensures at all times their wellbeing, safety, security, and dignity. This is our top priority as we begin to deliver on the promises made in our bid to host the 2022 FIFAWorld Cup in Qatar.”