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FIFA CSR chief rues slow response to Qatar abuse

FIFA did not consider stadium construction "its responsibility" prior to 2015, the governing body's head of CSR said

FIFA's CSR chief has spoken out on labour abuse on Qatar's stadium construction sites. [Representational image]
FIFA's CSR chief has spoken out on labour abuse on Qatar's stadium construction sites. [Representational image]

International football organisation FIFA was slow to improve working conditions of migrant labourers in Qatar, an official from the governing body said. 

Federico Addiechi, FIFA's head of corporate social responsibility, reportedly revealed that the organisation did not raise concenrs about worker abuse with the Qatar 2022 organising committee until May 2015. 

FIFA's move came five years after the Gulf state had secured hosting rights for the event. 

Additionally, Addiechi added, FIFA did not consider the construction of stadiums its responsibility prior to 2015. 

According to Reuters, Addiechi made these remarks while speaking at a human rights conference in Doha. 

"When it comes to human rights policy... we started, in connection with Qatar and its bidding process for 2022, late, yes," Addiechi said. 

"As soon as we acknowledged... that an organisation like FIFA should be involved in addressing possible violations of human rights in stadiums, we did (contact Qatar)."

Addiechi said FIFA wants to work with organisers to improve conditions for foreign workers hired by sub-contractors on tournament sites.

"We would like to see the efforts that are being made to implement welfare standards for migrant workers, that this trickle down to the lowest part of the supply chain," he reportedly added.

"When it comes to human rights we are stepping up the fight and realising we have an additional responsibility."

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