Football Association criticised over Qatar statement

Football Association criticised over Qatar statement

Campaigners have criticised the Football Association for the “severe delay” in its statement on human rights in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Football Association criticised over Qatar statement

On Wednesday the FA launched an anti-discrimination campaign that will feature a OneLove armband.

It also backed calls for compensation to be awarded for any injury or death related to a World Cup construction project.

But Human Rights Watch has questioned the timing of the move.

“The English Football Association’s statement is welcome despite the severe delay,” said spokesperson Rothna Begum.

“With just weeks to go before the first football is kicked, it is urgent that all football associations maximise pressure on Fifa and Qatari authorities to commit to and set up a fund that will compensate wage theft, injuries and deaths since they were awarded the hosting of the World Cup in 2010.

“The statement notes that they needed the time to work out what role they needed to play, but we and many others have been calling on them for much longer to step up their support for migrant workers.”

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