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FIFA criticised for prioritising profit over rights; includes response

Author: Press Association News Agency, Published on: 22 November 2019

"Amnesty: Human rights play second fiddle to ‘politics and money’ at FIFA", 21 Nov 2019

Football’s world governing body FIFA has faced huge criticism of its decision to take its events to countries with questionable human rights records, such as awarding the World Cup to Qatar back in 2010 and more recently the announcement that an expanded Club World Cup competition would be hosted by China in 2021...

“With things like the awarding of the Club World Cup to China, the sense that we get is that the human rights policy that FIFA has plays second fiddle to the bigger politics and money around... FIFA have come some way, but they have got a really long way to go before they can talk credibly about putting human rights at the centre of their work" said an Amnesty spokesperon...

When asked for a response, Infantino told the PA news agency: “FIFA has a human rights policy and enforces it...It is not the mission of FIFA to solve those problems, but we work hard to have a positive influence ....[ The situation in Qatar] is better now, it is improving, national laws have been changed, new systems are in place...”

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