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31 Dez 2023

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By Samindra Kunti, Forbes (USA)

Saudi Arabia: Fifa criticized for choosing Saudi Arabia for 2034 World Cup amid allegations of human rights abuse, incl. poor treatment of migrants

“FIFA’s 2023: A Red Card To Good Governance, Human Rights And Climate Change”

…The soccer year began with Cristiano Ronaldo donning the colors of Al Nassr and ended with Jeddah staging the Club World Cup. FIFA awarded that tournament without much ado. A former FIFA Council member told me that ‘no questions were asked’. Then, the world federation moved to fast-track the rights to the 2034 World Cup to the Arab Kingdom, the sole candidate in the bidding race. Other nations were given just 25 days to mull over a bid. In one clean sweep, FIFA showed good governance, human rights, and the climate a red card. The world federation was asked questions on all three points for this article, but failed to respond…

Infantino has long claimed that FIFA is reformed and adheres to good governance, but the organization’s statutes dictate that Congress should award the World Cup hosting rights, not the Council and its executive president…

…Lise Klaveness, its president, criticized FIFA recently for failing to deliver a legacy in Qatar after the World Cup…

…Saudi Arabia applies the kafala system as the cornerstone of its labor market. It makes migrant workers – particularly during a construction boom – very vulnerable…