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As FIFA eyes World Cup expansion, rights groups say workers at risk

Author: Eric Knecht, Reuters, Published on: 12 March 2019

FIFA’s drive to expand World Cup 2022 and stage it beyond Qatar risks including host countries that do not meet the soccer governing body’s own standards on rights and labour, campaign groups said on Tuesday...“There are clear human rights risks associated with adding new hosts for the 2022 World Cup,” said Stephen Cockburn, Deputy Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International. “Not least the potential widespread exploitation of migrant workers providing construction and other services for the World Cup that could cast a major shadow over the world’s biggest sporting event,” he said.

A FIFA spokesperson said its commitment to human rights are “unequivocal” and written into the hosting requirements of all future tournaments. The FIFA spokesperson said the feasibility study being presented on Friday confirmed that these standards would apply to any co-hosting country.

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