FIFA to hold talks with human rights groups on risks associated with possible 2022 World Cup expansion

Author: Rob Harris, AP news, Published on: 6 May 2019

“FIFA to hold human rights talks on 2022 World Cup expansion”, 27th April 2019

FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision. FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams, which creates the need to accommodate an additional 16 matches in the region. “This process also includes an assessment of human rights risks and potential opportunities associated with a possible expansion,” FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura wrote to Amnesty International and other activists...A regional diplomatic crisis left neutral Kuwait and Oman as the viable options, but Oman has said it isn’t keen on hosting games at the FIFA showpiece.

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