Qatar 2022 chief exec denies construction deaths
Hassan al-Thawadi stresses accidents were not on World Cup sites
Qatar's World Cup organising committee has insisted deaths at construction venues in the country are not related to its projects.
It had been reported that labourers had died in Qatar last year at construction sites deemed for the World Cup in 2022.
The matter prompted visits to Qatar by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, amid growing concerns over human rights issues.
But Qatar 2022 chief executive Hassan al-Thawadi told German tabloid newspaper Bild the venues for the tournament are still to get underway.
He said: "The accidents were not on World Cup sites.
"We only start with construction this year. Nevertheless, I can assure you we will run tests for all these accusations.
"But I can tell you that some of these accusations, should they apply, violate our laws. In fact, they are criminal. Some of these things perhaps arose under duress and that must not happen.
"But we at the World Cup OC have developed a workers' charter, which we have discussed with Humans Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and with international labour organisations.
"We have very high work standards, safety, health, and human dignity for all workers. And we have introduced automatic standards, to which all parties working for the 2022 World Cup will adhere to."