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How to fix the dark side of the World Cup

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

 

Today marks the beginning of the 2022 World Cup. It will be held in Qatar. Yesterday, FIFA President Gianni Intino defends the decision to grant Qatar the right to host this tournament. Infantino replied to critics pointing out Qatar’s authoritarian regime. Today I feel Arabic. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today, I feel disabled.” If FIFA had not awarded the premier event to a country where homosexual sex is a crime punishable with a maximum of seven years imprisonment, his assurances of solidarity might have been more convincing. Qatar also severely restricts freedom speech and expression. This includes imposing “chilling” restrictions upon foreign media outlets covering the Cup.

I believe that the issue of rights for migrant workers is more complex than it appears. It is unjust that the government makes a worker’s job difficult or impossible to leave and find a new employer (although it must be admitted that similar flaws exist in some US work visa programmes).

Qatar’s human right record in Qatar is probably not as bad as Russia’s. As the other international giants of…



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