THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) A Dutch labor union is threatening FIFA with legal action if it does not step in to halt what the union has branded “modern slavery” in the construction of venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Dutch union FNV says it wants “FIFA to accept its responsibility and end exploitation of workers” in stadium construction ahead of the tournament.
The gas-rich emirate is expected to spend tens of billions of dollars before the November-December 2022 tournament kicks off, preparing eight new and renovated stadiums and related projects such as transport links and accommodation.
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Qatar is relying heavily on workers from south Asia who are tied to the “kafala” system of sponsorship common in Gulf nations, which critics say exposes migrants to exploitation.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The committee organizing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar plans to try out a “fan village” that could house up to 2,000 soccer spectators in Arabian desert tents.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said Tuesday it is seeking bids to develop a pilot project near the Sealine Beach resort south of the capital, Doha.
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It will offer different types of accommodation in 350 temporary tents and 300 permanent tents, along with big viewing screens and other entertainment options. A total of five fan villages could eventually be built.
Qatar is racing to build hotels and other infrastructure needed to host the games. Visitor accommodation in Qatar is currently dominated by higher-end hotels in Doha.
With two World Cup qualifiers coming up next and no points to show thus far, Qatar has fired manager Jose Daniel Carreno.
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The decision came down Friday as Qatar prepares to take on South Korea and Syria in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Qataris have failed to take points out of their first two WCQ matches in 2016, falling on the road against Iran and 1-0 to Uzbekistan in Doha. Qatar currently sits last in Group A through two rounds in the third round of Asian qualifying.
Uruguayan Jorge Fossati, who currently manages Qatar Stars League side Al-Rayyan, is expected to take over Qatar’s managerial position, however, no official decision has been made yet.
MILAN (AP) Juventus and AC Milan will play in the Italian Super Cup in Doha, Qatar on Dec. 23.
Serie A and the Qatar Football Association made the announcement on Friday.
It will be the ninth time the competition will be played outside Italy and the second time in Doha after Napoli beat Juventus in a penalty shootout in 2014.
The match usually features the Serie A and Italian Cup champions, but since Juventus won both competitions last season, Milan qualified as the Cup runner-up.
The stadium and start time have not been determined. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar FA president Sheikh Hamad bin Khalida Al Thani says, “Our strong ties with Italian Football are proportional to our commitment to organize world class events for the global football family.”
LONDON (AP) The head of the Qatar World Cup says Sepp Blatter’s support for the rival United States bid for the 2022 tournament should face more scrutiny.
Qatar’s FIFA backers have been criticized for seemingly ignoring the inspection report before voting for the Gulf nation in 2010.
But Hassan Al-Thawadi, secretary general of the Qatar organizing committee, says then-FIFA President Blatter “wanted the U.S. to win regardless of the merits of the bid, regardless of anything else … that needs to be looked at.”
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Addressing a London audience, Al-Thawadi added that “it’s just fascinating that nobody is raising any concerns about that (Blatter) and looking into that … but fair enough. I guess we will take the flak again.”
The U.S. bid has not been accused of impropriety. Qatar has also denied any wrongdoing.