UCATT demands meeting with FIFA after Blatter Qatar mistake comment

Construction union UCATT is demanding a meeting with FIFA after Sepp Blatter the President of FIFA said that it was a “mistake” to choose Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.

However Mr Blatter believes it was only a “mistake” because of the hot weather in the summer months and this could affect the quality of football that is played.

Mr Blatter did not mention any concerns about the 1.2 million migrant workers who are kept in a state of bonded labour under the kafala system, or that hundreds of construction workers die in the country every year. Nor did Mr Blatter raise concerns that construction workers have to work 12 hour days, 6 days a week in excessive temperatures in the country.

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said: “Yes it was a total mistake to give the World Cup to Qatar. If it was a mistake due to the excessive temperatures footballers choose to play in, it is a mistake due the excessive temperatures construction workers are forced to work in.”

Mr Murphy, added: “Rather than worrying about the footballers who will play in Qatar in 8 year’s time, FIFA should be worrying about the workers who are being exploited, abused and killed in Qatar now. We need an urgent meeting with FIFA to get them to understand these matters.”

In March UCATT organised a joint mission to Qatar with the Building Workers International (BWI) and were able to further highlight the abuses faced by construction workers.

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