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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has come under fire from the International Trade Union Confederation for saying the world governing body could not apply direct pressure on improving conditions for workers on the 202 World Cup in Qatar, reports Robin Scott-Elliot of The Independent.
Blatter said on Friday that the world governing body was concerned at reports of fatalities during the construction of stadia for the 2022 finals but claimed FIFA could not alter the situation, claims Scott-Elliot.
The workers’ rights will be the responsibility for Qatar and the companies – many of them European companies – who work there.
It is not FIFA’s primary responsibility but we cannot turn a blind eye but it is not a direct intervention from FIFA that can change things.
I will meet with the new Emir for a courtesy visit to confirm the World Cup 2022.
We will also touch on this concern, the working conditions, but we are not the ones that can actually change it. It does concern us [but] this is not FIFA’s remit.
However, Blatter's view has not impressed International Trade Union Confederation general secretary Sharan Burrow, according to the Independent article.
The settlement of this global dispute is dependent on actions by FIFA and the political will of the Qatari authorities, which are still absent.
FIFA’s offer is an insult to the bereaved families.