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Volume 6 No. 217


Serie A Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed the club "will remain at the Stadio San Paolo and revamp it together with the local council," according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. A few days ago the president "had threatened to walk away from the iconic venue and build a new stadium in nearby Caserta." De Laurentiis said after a meeting with Mayor De Magistris, "I can announce that the San Paolo will remain Napoli’s home. We reached an agreement, there will be a bilateral commission set up by the Naples Council and Napoli football club, but we have already found the solution which will be innovative" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 10/2). SOCCEREX reported De Laurentiis "is keen to develop a new stadium on the site of the San Paolo, which first opened in 1959 and underwent extensive redevelopment to its current 60,000 capacity for Italy’s staging of the 1990 FIFA World Cup." De Laurentiis: "Napoli will have the rights to ownership of the stadium and the adjacent zones, giving everything we need to make it to the maximum level of European standards. The Caserta option has been abandoned. We got into details, establishing a deal on the fact this stadium will be in Naples with guaranteed returns on investment" (SOCCEREX, 10/3).

The British government has warned U.K. construction companies working on lucrative pre-World Cup contracts in Qatar "to obey regulations on workers' rights following the deaths of dozens of migrant workers on building sites in the Gulf state," according to Robert Booth of the London GUARDIAN. U.K. firms have secured contracts to oversee more than $20B worth of building projects in the runup to the '22 tournament, "but researchers investigating maltreatment of migrant workers have reported some are reluctant to challenge malpractice and instead prioritise pleasing their Qatari clients." Following a trade drive backed by the government, "British builders have forged a dominant position advising on construction projects in Qatar, which are expected to employ as many as 1.5 million migrant workers over the next eight years." Several firms "have pledged to use their influence to improve safety standards and living conditions." But an on-the-ground investigation of Qatar's building industry this summer "has concluded some are not doing enough." Former In'l Labour Organisation construction specialist Jill Wells, who is drafting a report on the problems for the non-governmental organisation Engineers Against Poverty, said that despite advances in the fair treatment of workers in the U.K., "British consultants appear to be wary of proposing improvements to their Qatari clients" (GUARDIAN, 10/3).