French soccer chiefs to check migrant workers' conditions in Qatar
Date Reported: 15 Oct 2022
CompaniesUnited Security Services (USS) - Labour Supplier , Katara Hospitality - Other Value Chain Entity , Marriott - Client , Fédération Française de Football (French Football Federation) - Client
ProjectsAl Messila, A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa - Client
Total individuals affected: Number unknownMigrant & immigrant workers: ( Number unknown - Location unknown , Security companies )
IssuesPersonal Health , Precarious/Unsuitable Living Conditions , Withholding Passports , Wage Theft
Response sought: Yes, by The Resource Centre
Story containing response: (Find out more)
Action taken: In response to the allegations, Al Messila terminated their contract with United Security Services (USS). The Resource Centre reached out the French Football Federation (FFF) who will be staying at Al Messila for the World Cup, USS, Marriott who is the umbrella brand for Al Messila, and Katara Hospitality who is the owner of Al Messila. They all responded except Katara. The FFF said they are vigilant about human rights and are visiting the hotel and accommodation of workers ahead of the World Cup.
Source type: News outlet
The French Football Federation (FFF) said on Friday it will send a delegation to Qatar to carry out checks on the working conditions of migrant workers after a documentary revealed poor living conditions at the team's World Cup base in Doha...
Footage showed crowded bedrooms and unsanitary kitchens and bathrooms in the accommodation for employees of a private security firm sub-contracted by the hotel where the France team will be staying for the Nov. 20-Dec. 18 tournament.
Some employees interviewed said that they were not paid overtime and hardly ever had a day off.
When the documentary confronted FFF president Noel Le Graet with footage of the accommodation, he responded that the living quarters only needed "a lick of paint"...
France's sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera told RTL on Friday she was shocked by Le Graet's reaction and that it "lacked humanity and even coherence".