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7 Jan 2022

Norges Fotballforbund (Norwegian Football Federation)

Football's Social Responsibility - before, during and after the FIFA World Cup in Qatar

The Commission considers that the FIFA World Cup (World Cup) should never have been awarded to Qatar in 2010. With this as its starting point, the Commission has been surprised that neither NFF nor FIFA has been willing or able to quickly and clearly demand that the competition’s organisers and the Qatar authorities ensure improvements in the situation for migrant workers in the country. FIFA has adopted a new policy intended to ensure that human rights and labour rights are upheld going forward, but they have not lived up to these standards with respect to taking responsibility for improving the situation for workers in Qatar. The absence of adequate action in solidarity with migrant workers has for a long time been a collective failing on the part of the international footballing community.

The immense international attention surrounding the World Cup has contributed to international pressure for legal reforms in Qatar. For the Commission, it has been important to illuminate how Norwegian football can contribute to the World Cup being used to implement these reforms so that they will benefit as many migrant workers as possible, as effectively as possible.

The Commission has sought to bring together relevant information and, on this basis, arrive at recommendations which NFF’s Extraordinary Congress must now discuss and vote on.