By RYAN TOLMICH
Sepp Blatter has noted progress in Qatar’s work standards, but the FIFA president insists that there is still much more to be done to improve the welfare of the nation’s workers.
Blatter met with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, who has previously acknowledged setbacks in development that have claimed the lives of 1,000 migrant workers according to the International Trade Union Confederation. With new legal framework in place, Blatter says that he expects Qatar to keep making progress when it comes to worker’s rights.
“It is encouraging to hear the Emir’s personal commitment to workers’ welfare and to get a sense of the improvements planned for all workers in Qatar,” Blatter said. “As various human-rights groups have recently noted, progress has been made already, especially with regard to the standards introduced by the supreme committee relating to 2022 construction sites, but more must be done in Qatar to ensure uniformly fair working conditions for all.
“This will only be possible through the collective effort of all stakeholders — from the construction companies to the authorities. It is clear that Qatar takes its responsibility as host seriously and sees the FIFA World Cup as a catalyst for positive social change.”
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UKRAINE PRESIDENT CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF RUSSIAN WORLD CUP
With conflict at an all-time high between the two nations,Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko has called for his allies to back a boycott of Russia’s 2018 World Cup.
Poroshenko says he believes in keeping sports and politics separate, but is unable to due to the current occupation of Donetsk by Russian separatists. As a result, the president has called on the country’s allies, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, who negotiated a ceasefire last month, to back tougher sanctions against Russia.
“I think there has to be discussion of a boycott of this World Cup,” Poroshenko said. “As long as there are Russian troops in Ukraine I think a World Cup in that country is unthinkable.”
IBRAHIMOVIC APOLOGIZES FOR ANTI-FRANCE RANT.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set for a spell on the sidelines after losing his temper in Sunday’s loss.
Paris Saint-Germain were defeated, 3-2, by Bordeaux on Sunday, and the Swedish star was captured on camera ranting at the fourth official. Ibrahimovic, who reportedly insulted France and said the nation doesn’t deserve a team like PSG, has apologized for his comments against the country.
“Regarding my comments after tonight’s game: they were not against France or the French people,” Ibrahimovic said. “I spoke about football. I lost the game, I accept that, but I can’t accept when the referee doesn’t follow the rules. It’s not the first time, and I’m sick of it. My sincere apologies if anyone was offended, or took it the wrong way.”
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is likely to miss Wednesday’s Champions League matchup with Manchester City due to injury. (REPORT)
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard’s place in the team is not certain when the captain returns from injury. (REPORT)
Andrea Pirlo is likely to miss Juventus’ Champions League matchup with Borussia Dortmund. (REPORT)
Andre-Villas Boas has called Torpedo Moscow fans “a disgrace” for racially abusing Zenit winger Hulk. (REPORT)
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