FIFA confirms death of migrant worker at Qatar World Cup training base


FIFA on Thursday confirmed the death of an employee working in Saudi Arabia during the World Cup in Qatar.

“FIFA is deeply saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family,” a spokesman for the world soccer governing body told CNN in a statement.

“As soon as FiFA became aware of the incident, we contacted the local authorities to request more information.

“FIFA will be in a position to comment further on the relevant processes in relation to the transfer of the labor effect.”

It is unclear what the worker was doing or the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

The Sealine Beach clash was designated as FIFA’s base in Saudi Arabia before the team was eliminated in the tournament’s group stages.

In a statement below, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Tradition & Legacy (SC) said: “Due to the incident that occurred in properties not under the jurisdiction of the SC, and the deceased working as a contractor not under the release. the SC, this matter is being handled by the relevant government

“The SC has followed up with the relevant authorities to ensure that we are updated with developments related to the investigation on a timely basis and has established contact with the family of the deceased to provide relevant information,” the SC added.

A Qatari government official confirmed to CNN that the matter was being investigated by the authorities.

“If the investigation concludes that safe protocols were not followed, the company will be subject to legal action and heavy financial penalties,” the official said.

Also on Thursday, Qatar 2022 World Cup chief executive Nasser Al Khater told a Reuters reporter that “death is a natural part of life”, in response to a question about the death of the latest migrant worker, but did not address the circumstances surrounding this case.

“We are in the middle of the World Cup. And we are happy with the World Cup. And this is what you want to talk about now?” Al Khater said.

“That is, death is a natural part of life, whether it is at work or in your sleep. Of course, the worker died. Our condolences go out to the family. However, I must say, it is strange that this is what you want the first question to focus on.

In an interview with Piers Morgan, which was broadcast on TalkTV in November, Hassan Al-Thawadi, secretary general of the SC, said that between 400 and 500 migrant workers died because of their work in projects connected to the tournament. such as the Qatari authorities have cited.

Al-Thawadi said in the same interview that three migrant workers died in incidents directly related to the construction of the World Cup stadium, and 37 deaths were attributed to other causes.

In an interview on Thursday, Al Khater added: “Look, the death of the workers was a big subject in the World Cup. Everything that was said and everything that was planned about the death of the workers is completely false.

“This theme, this negativity around the World Cup has been something that we are facing. We are somewhat disappointed that journalists have exacerbated this false narrative.

“And honestly, I think a lot of journalists should question themselves and think about why they tried to crack the case for so long.


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