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SBD/May 16, 2014/Events and Attractions
Blatter Admits Selecting Qatar As '22 World Cup Host Was Mistake
Published May 16, 2014
NOT WORKING OUT: The LONDON TIMES writes FIFA's "controversial decision to award the tournament to Qatar in December 2010 has sparked outrage, not only over that process but also the conditions thousands of migrant workers have subsequently faced." Qatar has been "forced to overhaul its labour laws after it was revealed that hundreds of migrants had died in appalling and unsafe conditions while employed on the vast construction projects." Indian embassy figures suggest that more than 700 of its countrymen "have died there while building the stadiums and necessary infrastructure." The Int'l Trade Union Confederation warned that as many as 4,000 workers in all "could be the casualty of the construction process before the first match kicks off" (LONDON TIMES, 5/16).