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BWI to World Cup football teams: Support enforcement of labour reforms in Qatar

Vice-President Dietmar Schäfers welcomed the [German] players’ commitment to help improve the working conditions of migrant workers in Qatar, especially those who laboured to build the mega infrastructures for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar...

Schäfers said that the call of some groups to boycott the 2022 World Cup doesn’t exactly mirror the sentiment of the hundreds of thousands of Qatar’s migrant workers, particularly those who worked in the World Cup construction sites.

“Many migrant workers believe that a boycott could undervalue and even render invisible their hard-won labour reforms. Many of them see the World Cup as a unique opportunity to bring the international community’s attention to the call for ‘fair play’—fair play for migrant workers building the sports arenas, cleaning the hotels, manning the restaurants and many others,” Schäfers said.