(WFI) Amnesty International reports, “dozens of migrant workers hired to do construction work on a prominent skyscraper in Qatar are running low on food after working for almost a year without pay.”
The Associated Press says these allegations increase pressure on the “tiny but wealthy Gulf nation over its treatment of overseas labourers transforming the country” as it prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has expressed concerns over “labourers’ working conditions following reports about human rights abuses.”
Human Rights Watch has also called on Qatar to do more to protect workers’ rights.
Gulf Business reports on Qatar’s “mega” bridge project. The desert nation announced on Monday that “three bridges interconnected by subsea tunnels” will be completed before the World Cup finals in 2022.
The Guardian analyses which group has the “hardest 2014 FIFA World Cup draw.”
The Economic Times dubs Group G the “most intriguing of the eights groups” in the 2014 World Cup draw.
Guardian writer Roy Greenslade says Blatter has walked into “another embarrassing row.” The FIFA president is going to court in Switzerland to “prevent the publication of a book of amusing satirical cartoons.” The book features a “Blatter look-a-like” and could cause irreparable damage to his reputation.
Former Italy and AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso rejects match-fixing and “dramatically claimed he would kill himself if found guilty.”
CNN writer Al Goodman says the European Commission is investigating whether Real Madrid, Barcelona and five other Spanish football clubs received an “unfair advantage over their rivals through government support potentially worth millions of dollars.”
ESPN FC writer Rory Smith asks whether football is ready to move past the “controversial side of Luis Suarez.”
John Crace contributes a piece to ESPN FC on issues facing Tottenham Hotspur. Crace says interim manager Tim Sherwood will need to do “more than a holding job.” The team will still entertain hopes of a “top-four finish, not to mention their ongoing participation in three cup competitions.”
The Guardian’s Jonathan Wilson says from a strategic point of view, “this has been the year of the holding midfielder.” Wilson adds that the Manchester City partnership of Yaya Touré and Fernandinho shows how “outmoded traditional footballing taxonomy has become.”
The Associated Press reports that FIFA has fined the Greece Football Federation $111,500 for “offensive behaviour by fans” at a World Cup playoff victory against Romania.
Compiled by INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett
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