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16 Nov 2021

UAE: FIFA fails to address civil society concerns that awarding Club World Cup to Abu Dhabi without consultation or human rights impact assessment "breaches own commitments"

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The surprise news that FIFA has selected the UAE to host the rescheduled 2021 Club World Cup was greeted with concern from civil society. The Sport & Rights Alliance highlighted that while FIFA has made "important progress" in the area of human rights by committing to carrying out human rights risk assessments for host countries and holding a transparent stakeholder consultation, that FIFA has granted the 2021 Club World Cup without undertaking either of these processes leaves it "in breach of its own human rights commitments" as well as its responsibilities under the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights.

The Sport & Rights Alliance addresses four questions to FIFA:

  1. Was there any bidding process for the 2022 Club World Cup?
  2. Was a human rights risk assessment conducted?
  3. Did FIFA conduct any stakeholder consultation?
  4. How does FIFA intend to uphold its human rights standards in UAE?

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited FIFA to respond to the questions publicly; they did not do so.



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