Gianni Infantino visits 2022 World Cup host Qatar as Amnesty International call for FIFA president to press for reform of labour laws

  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino flew from Russia to Qatar on Wednesday
  • He received an overview of the progress made for the 2022 World Cup
  • Infantino visited the Khalifa Stadium, which will host a number of games
  • Amnesty International want Infantino to help improve Qatar labour laws

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has begun his visit of 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar after landing in Doha on Wednesday evening.

Infantino, was voted in as Sepp Blatter’s replacement in February, visited 2018 hosts Russia earlier this week before flying straight to Qatar to meet, amongst others, senior government officials.

He kicked off his two day visit with a trip to Khalifa Stadium, which is being renovated so that it can host 40,000 fans for group stage, last 16 and quarter-final matches at the 2022 World Cup.

Infantino, who has backed the idea of holding a winter World Cup in Qatar, also spent his morning meeting senior board members of the supreme committee for delivery and legacy in order to get an overview of the progress made.

He is due to stay in Qatar on Thursday night, with more meetings planned before he leaves the country on Friday.

Infantino faces pressure from human rights groups to press for reform of labour laws in Qatar including its ‘kafala’ sponsorship system, whereby employers effectively control a worker’s freedom to leave the country.

 

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