On Thursday a handful of protesters holding placards and banners peacefully at an event with FIFA President Sepp Blatter to highlight the plight of migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World cup.
Sepp Blatter was acting as a guest at an inauguration ceremony of Hong Kong football association’s new office.
After Qatar being selected for 2022 world cup, some documentations about exploitation and deaths of migrant workers related to the dangerous condition have been reported by the international trade union confederation. Organizers are now considering scaling back the number of venues for the tournament.
By separating the issue from football’s governing body Blatter said it was a matter which only the local authorities could handle.
“they have a problem and we know that but it is not directly a question for FIFA.”
Blatter also told that the situation must handle by Qatar as well as all the construction companies who are responsible for workers.
In this year world cup in Brazil, Blatter also downplayed security fears. Violent protests left one man dead in Rio’s Copacabana beach two weeks.”Yes, there are security issue and FIFA can not ensure security” Blatter denied the accusation. Blatter also pointed to some issues in the lead up to the world cup like three stadiums in Brazil have not being completed.
“I have been to 10 world cups and every time there have been worries”
Sepp Blatter said.
And now he is expecting the football world to be optimistic, ensuring that it will be a great tournament in the country where football is revered.