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FC Bayern criticised over ties to Qatar

"Club World Cup: Bayern Munich fans issue fresh Qatar criticism as ban appeal continues", 8 Feb 2021

As Bayern Munich's first team squad jetted off to Qatar for the Club World Cup on Saturday morning, several Bayern fans [...] voiced criticism of their club's dealings with the Middle Eastern state...

In January 2020, [...] an event in Munich titled "Qatar, Human Rights and FC Bayern: hands out, mouths shut?" [was] organized by active Bayern supporters and featuring human rights campaigners as guests.

An invitation for the club to send a representative to the event went unanswered, although CEO Rummenigge did insist to Munich's Abendzeitung newspaper in January 2019 that Bayern's engagement in Qatar had brought about a "positive development in the legal situation of immigrant workers" in the country and "improvements in workers' rights."

A year later however, in February 2020, London-based not-for-profit human rights campaign company Fair Square Projects wrote to Bayern claiming that "progress has been limited in scope and as yet not effective in implementation" and that "workers remain acutely vulnerable to trafficking and forced labour."

They added that "it is unclear what remedial action has been taken to improve this situation" but said they never received a reply.