Bayern criticised over sponsorship ties to Qatar while "turning a blind eye" to migrant worker abuse

Author: Middle East Online, Published on: 20 January 2020

"Bayern Munich fans vent anger at club over Qatar's rights abuses," 17 Jan 2020

[Fans] accused Bayern of turning a blind eye to horrific working conditions...

[Migrant rights expert] Nicholas McGeehan... said he advised Bayern when it was looking at sponsorship... He criticised the club’s motivations and accused it of being “sneaky”...

“The approach to us wasn’t about resolving or helping the situation. It was about providing them with a public relations cover,”...

Bayern... defended its ties with Qatar and said it was committed to dialogue...

[Fan group spokesperson] Jonas Hegemeier... outlined some of the frustrations being felt by members.

“... We’re not seeing that conditions have improved at all... [The club] prefer closed-door meetings... public events would be better."

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