World Cup 2022: FIFA Warned of Human Rights Issues


Fifa has been urged to consider countries’ human rights records as it prepares to discuss expanding the 2022 World Cup from 32 to 48 teams.

The event will be staged in Qatar, but matches could be played in other Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates.

Amnesty International’s Stephen Cockburn said: “There are human rights risks associated with adding new hosts, not least the potential widespread exploitation of migrant workers providing construction services.”

In an open letter to Fifa president Gianni Infantino a coalition, including Amnesty International, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and fans and players’ groups, urged world football’s governing body to “assess potential co-hosts to ensure the World Cup is not contributing or linked to human rights violations which are rife in the region”.