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European Parliament criticizes FIFA and World Cup held in Qatar

The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday criticizing the deaths of foreign workers during preparations for the World Cup in Qatar.

Brussels, 24 November 2022 (dpa/MIA) – The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday criticizing the deaths of foreign workers during preparations for the World Cup in Qatar.

EU lawmakers “deplore the deaths of thousands of migrant workers primarily in the construction sector who helped the country prepare for the tournament, as well as all those injured,” a press release said.

Parliamentarians call on the international football governing body FIFA to help compensate the families of dead migrant workers as measures put in place by the Qatari government were not sufficient.

The resolution also said corruption within FIFA was “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” and the process to award Qatar with hosting with World Cup lacked transparency.

This meant that “FIFA has seriously damaged the image and integrity of global football,” the statement said.

The non-binding resolution called on EU countries with large national football leagues like Germany, France, Italy or Spain to exert pressure to fundamentally reform FIFA.

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