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23 Apr 2022

Dan Warburton, Mirror (UK)

Dad says son 'worked to death' on £1 an hour by Qatar World Cup stadium firm

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"Dad says son 'worked to death' on £1 an hour by Qatar World Cup stadium firm", 23 Apr 2022

A weeping father today claims his son was “worked to death” on £1 an hour in the World Cup nation of Qatar.

Sanjib Raya toiled 12 hours a day in 40C heat as a road builder.

The firm he worked for built the 60,000-capacity Al-Bayt Stadium...

Sanjib died of heart failure at 28...But his family say he was perfectly healthy before taking up the gruelling job.

His father, Nepalese farm worker Rampriya, 68, told the Sunday Mirror: “It’s an insult to my son’s memory and other migrants – that stadium was built on the blood and sweat of migrant workers.”

Sanjib’s uncle Hari Narayan, 30, added: “He is dead – will FIFA pay compensation? I don’t think so. They have blood on their hands.

Payslips show he earned £218 a month in the capital Doha as a road worker for Galfar Al Misnad.

A death certificate confirmed Sanjib died of heart failure after collapsing at his temporary accommodation. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy insists Sanjib did not work on any projects which officially form part of the World Cup.

He died on November 27, 2021 and his body was shipped back to the humble village of Khesraha, Sonoma, in a wooden box eight days later.

Documents show his family was given £1,500 as a “final settlement” by Galfar Al Misnad.