March 16 – Sepp Blatter meets Qatar’s emir and calls for the 2022 host nation to do more to protect the rights of migrant workers building World Cup infrastructure and venues. Mark Bisson reports.
March 26 – The head of a European Parliament delegation visit to Doha is hopeful that changes to the ‘kafala’ sponsorship system will be made soon to improve the welfare of workers involved in 2022 World Cup projects. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 21 – Sepp Blatter declines to comment on the latest bribery allegations linked to voting for the Qatar 2022 World Cup… Theo Zwanziger says FIFA intensifying efforts to improve migrant workers’ rights: “There is a magnifying glass over Qatar”. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Dec. 2 – On the third anniversary of Qatar winning 2022 World Cup hosting rights, the International Trade Union Confederation ends a four-day visit saying it finds no improvement in living and working conditions of migrant workers… FIFPro calls for swift action to address concerns. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Nov. 18 – Qatar World Cup organisers insist they are committed to accelerating progress in workers’ welfare following Amnesty’s damning report on migrant construction workers… FIFA brushes off criticism, saying it shares Amnesty’s values and is satisfied with changes coming to labour laws. Christian Radnedge reports from Doha.
November 17 – Qatar 2022 chief Hassan Al Thawadi prioritises workers’ safety as he reveals the concept design for the Al Wakrah Stadium. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports from Aspire4Sport in Doha.
November 11 – One day after raising the possibility of several Gulf nations sharing the 2022 World Cup, Sepp Blatter now says only Qatar will host… He also rules out Jan/Feb World Cup and insists workers’ rights problem is being addressed. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
October 4 – Nearly three years after controversially awarding the World Cup to the “high risk” Qatar bid, Sepp Blatter launches a task force to assess whether it should be staged in the summer after all… Blatter to meet Emir in Qatar to talk about workers’ rights abuses. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.