Nordic football federations send letter to Fifa: “Put further pressure on Qatar”

Football - human rightsPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

In a new letter to Fifa, the Nordic football federations demanded further improvements in conditions of migrant workers in Qatar before next year’s World Cup.

The letter, signed by the top football officials in the federations of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands, described the latest Amnesty report as alarming.

The letter was sent to Fifa Secretary General Fatma Samoura.

“We strongly encourage Fifa, based on the information from Amnesty in addition to previous reports from organizations such as Ilo and BWI, to put further pressure on Qatar,” the letter stated.

The report states that 15,021 migrant workers have lost their lives from 2010 until 2019. In February, the newspaper The Guardian reported that the number amounted to 6,500. Amnesty also claims that seven out of ten deaths among migrant workers in the country lack a credible explanation.

“We will continue the dialogue with Fifa, the board in Qatar, and other relevant players to create more improvements for the migrant workers,” the Danish Football Association’s chief Jakob Jensen stated.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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