FIFA ON DEFENSIVE OVER QATAR LABOUR RIGHTS

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ZURICH: FIFA boss Sepp Blatter went on the defensive Friday (Saturday in Manila) over claims of slave-like abuse of workers preparing for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, acknowledging concerns but saying football’s governing body cannot step in. “I express all my sympathy and regret for anything that happens in any country where there are deaths on construction sites, especially when they are related to a World Cup,” Blatter told reporters as FIFA wrapped up a crunch two-day meeting behind closed doors at its Zurich base. Earlier, on his Twitter account @SeppBlatter, he said: “FIFA cannot interfere with the labor rights of any country, but we cannot ignore them.”

AFP

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