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WaPo: Human Price of FIFA Corruption Easily Seen in Qatar

WaPo: Human Price of FIFA Corruption Easily Seen in Qatar
Foreign laborers working on the construction site of the al-Wakrah football stadium, one of the Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadiums. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 01:26 PM

The FIFA corruption scandal is not simply a massive white-collar crime but may also be the cause of untold real-world suffering, The Washington Post reported.

The newspaper said the most obvious example stems from the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, whose record of human rights abuses seemed to be confirmed as the country began building the infrastructure to host the event: migrant workers deaths have been on the rise, with a total death toll of 964 in 2012 and 2013, The Guardian reported. 

Other sources put the toll even higher, though it's unclear how many of the deaths are directly associated with preparations for the World Cup.

Nevertheless, the Post said that if current trends continue, by one estimate 4,000 workers will die in Qatar by the time the World Cup is held in 2022.

For its part, the country has previously pledged to address worker safety concerns and told the Guardian that it was reforming its labor laws and practices. But, as the Post said, regardless of any possible reforms, Qatar has a "troubled record when it comes to poor worker safety."

The newspaper said that the root of the problem comes from country's governing system, called "kafala," which dictates how many workers can enter the country. It essentially puts workers under the complete control of their employers, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

The Justice Department's investigation into a number of senior FIFA officials on charges of money laundering, racketeering, bribery, and fraud has prompted Swiss authorities to open an inquiry into the 2010 process which awarded Qatar the right to host the games.

"If FIFA board members did indeed accept bribes from Qatar to let it host the 2022 cup, it would show how backroom corruption can have real human consequences," the Post said.

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