Human rights violations, impossible working conditions and numerous deaths. The World Cup in Qatar, which will take place from November, is definitely not under a good star. The World Cup in the desert state continues to be sharply criticized. Above all, the work on the construction sites is the cause of heated controversy. The English newspaper The Guardian revealed that there have been 6,500 deaths among workers. Hard work was done at temperatures of 50 degrees and under inhumane conditions. Add to that the poor pay.
Only now, in May 2022, did the President of FIFA Gianni Infantino (52) personally comment on this. In a conversation with “NBC-News”, however, Infantino caused a shake of the head with bizarre statements. In fact, the FIFA President has his own take on things: “Let’s not forget one thing when we talk about this topic, which is work, even hard work,” Infantino begins the interview. According to Infantino, the people got a job. Even under the most difficult conditions, this would give them “dignity and pride”. The FIFA President believes that working conditions in Qatar have even improved. “It’s also a matter of pride and that we were able to change the conditions for these 1.5 million people makes us proud,” Infantino said.
Infantino also commented on the deaths. According to the FIFA boss, three people died. “Three is three too many. But it is three and not 6000,” Infantino clarified, adding: “6000 may have died doing other work. FIFA is not the world’s police force or responsible for everything that happens in the world.” He proudly added: “But thanks to FIFA, thanks to football, we’ve been able to look at the status of all the 1.5 million workers who work in Qatar.”
The World Cup in Qatar will be held in winter for the first time due to the local climatic conditions. Hardly any football tournament caused so much excitement and criticism in the run-up.