German minister calls for Qatar World Cup rethink
Politician questions human rights and sustainability issues
German aid minister Gerd Müller has called for Qatar to be stripped of the 2022 World Cup.
In an interview with Welt am Sonntag newspaper Müller likened human rights breaches to ‘slave labour’ and questioned the decision by FIFA to host the tournament in the searing Middle East temperatures.
He said: "What is that as a signal for worldwide climate protection if stadiums are built in the middle of the desert which then have to be acclimatised with high energy expenditure?
"If FIFA is clever, it will reverse its decision.”
Following pressure from FIFA, organisers of the 2022 tournament developed a Workers' Charter earlier this year in an attempt to protect the rights of migrant employees.