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Amnesty report says Qatar still failing migrant workers

Reuters - Thu, May 21, 2015 BERNE/DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar, host of soccer's 2022 World Cup, is doing little to improve conditions for its 1.5 million migrant workers despite promising reforms last year, Amnesty International said on Thursday. Qatar's Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs said several of the allegations in Amnesty's report were inaccurate and that "significant changes have been mad…

  • Foreign labourers working on the construction site of the al-Wakrah football stadium walk back to their accomodation at the Ezdan 40 compound after finishing work on May 4, 2015 in Doha
    Qatar still failing labourers on reform, says Amnesty AFP News - Thu, May 21, 2015

    Football 2022 World Cup host Qatar is "failing" many of its migrant workers by not delivering on labour law reform, Amnesty International claimed on Thursday. In its … More »Qatar still failing labourers on reform, says Amnesty

    Foreign labourers working on the construction site of the al-Wakrah football stadium walk back to their accomodation at the Ezdan 40 compound after finishing work on May 4, 2015 in Doha

    Football 2022 World Cup host Qatar is "failing" many of its migrant workers by not delivering on labour law reform, Amnesty International claimed on Thursday. In its latest briefing, "Promising little, delivering less: Qatar and migrant labour abuse ahead of the 2022 Football World Cup", Amnesty said the pace of change …

  • Doha's Khalifa Stadium is undergoing complete renovation in preparation to host some of the matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
    Qatar World Cup "on schedule" despite controversies AFP News - Wed, May 20, 2015

    The controversies surrounding Qatar's hosting of the football 2022 World Cup may continue unabated but so too do the country's preparations for the tournament itself. … More »Qatar World Cup "on schedule" despite controversies

    Doha's Khalifa Stadium is undergoing complete renovation in preparation to host some of the matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

    The controversies surrounding Qatar's hosting of the football 2022 World Cup may continue unabated but so too do the country's preparations for the tournament itself. "I can say we are on schedule," tournament chief Hassan Al-Thawadi told AFP earlier this month. This week, the man who oversaw Brazil's preparations for …

  • Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari stepped down at Porto Alegre-based side Gremio following a weekend loss to Curitiba to end a third spell in charge of the southerners
    Scolari steps down at Gremio AFP News - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari stepped down Tuesday at Porto Alegre-based side Gremio following a weekend loss to Curitiba to end a third spell in charge of … More »Scolari steps down at Gremio

    Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari stepped down at Porto Alegre-based side Gremio following a weekend loss to Curitiba to end a third spell in charge of the southerners

    Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari stepped down Tuesday at Porto Alegre-based side Gremio following a weekend loss to Curitiba to end a third spell in charge of the southerners. The 66-year-old took over a month after he resigned as national coach following the World Cup -- hosts Brazil suffered a humiliating 7-1 …

  • Barcelona's midfielder Xavi Hernandez has made a record 760 appearances for the Catalan side
    Xavi heading to Qatar after lifetime at Barcelona AFP News - Wed, May 20, 2015

    Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez will leave the Catalan club he has served since boyhood for Qatari side Al Sadd at the end of this season, his father said on Tuesday. … More »Xavi heading to Qatar after lifetime at Barcelona

    Barcelona's midfielder Xavi Hernandez has made a record 760 appearances for the Catalan side

    Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez will leave the Catalan club he has served since boyhood for Qatari side Al Sadd at the end of this season, his father said on Tuesday. "The moment has come for Xavi to say goodbye," the 35-year-old midfielder's father Joaquin Hernandez told radio Cope. "He is lucky to have received a really …

  • Foreign labourers working on the construction site of the al-Wakrah football stadium walk back to their accomodation at the Ezdan 40 compound after finishing work on May 4, 2015 in Doha
    Qatar arrests BBC journalist on government press trip AFP News - Mon, May 18, 2015

    A BBC journalist invited to Qatar to examine the living conditions of workers building infrastructure for the 2022 football World Cup was detained for more than 24 hours, … More »Qatar arrests BBC journalist on government press trip

    Foreign labourers working on the construction site of the al-Wakrah football stadium walk back to their accomodation at the Ezdan 40 compound after finishing work on May 4, 2015 in Doha

    A BBC journalist invited to Qatar to examine the living conditions of workers building infrastructure for the 2022 football World Cup was detained for more than 24 hours, the broadcaster reported on Monday. Mark Lobel, a BBC business correspondent based in Dubai, said he and three colleagues were arrested in the capital …

  • Yoann Gourcuff, capped 31 times for France, signed in 2010 for Lyon on a five year deal worth 450,000 euros per month
    Lyon to let talented misfit Gourcuff go AFP News - Sun, May 17, 2015

    The rollercoaster career of former France international Yoann Gourcuff suffered a new blow Sunday when Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed he was surplus to requirements. … More »Lyon to let talented misfit Gourcuff go

    Yoann Gourcuff, capped 31 times for France, signed in 2010 for Lyon on a five year deal worth 450,000 euros per month

    The rollercoaster career of former France international Yoann Gourcuff suffered a new blow Sunday when Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed he was surplus to requirements. "He's a great player but he just couldn't fit in," Aulas said of the 28-year-old he signed in 2010 for 22 million euros ($25million) on a five …

  • FIFA has suspended General Director of the Tahiti Football Association Reynald Temarii for eight years
    FIFA bans ex-vice president for eight years AFP News - Thu, May 14, 2015

    FIFA on Wednesday banned former vice president Reynald Temarii for eight years for accepting almost $350,000 from disgraced Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam to pay … More »FIFA bans ex-vice president for eight years

    FIFA has suspended General Director of the Tahiti Football Association Reynald Temarii for eight years

    FIFA on Wednesday banned former vice president Reynald Temarii for eight years for accepting almost $350,000 from disgraced Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam to pay legal fees in a corruption case. Hammam paid Temarii 305,640 euros ($347,000) in January 2011, weeks after FIFA voted to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, …

  • Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure sits in the dugout ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on May 10, 2015
    Toure hails anti-racism monitoring system AFP News - Tue, May 12, 2015

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on Tuesday welcomed the creation of a new anti-discrimination monitoring system for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers by world governing … More »Toure hails anti-racism monitoring system

    Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure sits in the dugout ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on May 10, 2015

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on Tuesday welcomed the creation of a new anti-discrimination monitoring system for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers by world governing body FIFA. FIFA will send independent observers trained by the European anti-discrimination organisation FARE to qualifying matches where there is felt …

  • Moenchengladbach's striker Max Kruse reacts during the Bundesliga football match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen on May 9, 2015
    Wolfsburg sign Gladbach's Germany striker Kruse AFP News - Mon, May 11, 2015

    VfL Wolfsburg confirmed Germany striker Max Kruse will join them on a four-year deal from Borussia Moenchengladbach after Sunday's 3-1 win over Paderborn booked their … More »Wolfsburg sign Gladbach's Germany striker Kruse

    Moenchengladbach's striker Max Kruse reacts during the Bundesliga football match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen on May 9, 2015

    VfL Wolfsburg confirmed Germany striker Max Kruse will join them on a four-year deal from Borussia Moenchengladbach after Sunday's 3-1 win over Paderborn booked their place in the Champions League. The 27-year-old Kruse has made 11 appearances for Germany but was not part of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup. "We …

  • Brazilian football legend Pele, pictured in New York in April, was released from hospital following prostate surgery, doctors said, after his latest health scare
    Football icon Pele released from hospital after surgery AFP News - Sun, May 10, 2015

    Brazilian football legend Pele was released from hospital following prostate surgery, doctors said, after his latest health scare. The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao … More »Football icon Pele released from hospital after surgery

    Brazilian football legend Pele, pictured in New York in April, was released from hospital following prostate surgery, doctors said, after his latest health scare

    Brazilian football legend Pele was released from hospital following prostate surgery, doctors said, after his latest health scare. The Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo released a picture of a smiling Pele wearing sportswear and waving at the camera with his partner, Marcia Cibele Aoki. The 74-year-old, who was treated …

  • Bayern Munich's midfielder Mario Goetze plays the ball during a German Football Cup DFB Pokal match against Eintracht Braunschweig in Munich on March 4, 2015
    Dortmund rule out Goetze return, confirm Gundogan exit AFP News - Sun, May 10, 2015

    Borussia Dortmund have poured cold water on speculation World Cup-winner Mario Goetze is poised to return from Bayern Munich, but they expect Germany midfielder Ilkay … More »Dortmund rule out Goetze return, confirm Gundogan exit

    Bayern Munich's midfielder Mario Goetze plays the ball during a German Football Cup DFB Pokal match against Eintracht Braunschweig in Munich on March 4, 2015

    Borussia Dortmund have poured cold water on speculation World Cup-winner Mario Goetze is poised to return from Bayern Munich, but they expect Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan to leave next month. The 22-year-old Goetze joined Bayern from Dortmund for 37 million euros ($41.5m) after activating a release clause in his contract …

  • Barcelona's 3-0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champion's League is the club's sixth consecutive clean sheet and a 31st in 54 games this season
    Five reasons why Bayern lost at Barcelona AFP News - Thu, May 7, 2015

    Five reasons why Bayern Munich lost 3-0 to Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final, first-leg ahead of Tuesday's return leg at the Allianz Arena: 1) Lionel Messi … More »Five reasons why Bayern lost at Barcelona

    Barcelona's 3-0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champion's League is the club's sixth consecutive clean sheet and a 31st in 54 games this season

    Five reasons why Bayern Munich lost 3-0 to Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final, first-leg ahead of Tuesday's return leg at the Allianz Arena: 1) Lionel Messi - The midfield maestro netted twice in three minutes to stun Pep Guardiola's Bayern before putting Neymar through to score the hosts' third goal with the …

  • A handout computer generated image made available on April 22, 2015 by Qatar World Cup's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, shows the 40,000-seater Al-Rayyan Stadium
    Arrested TV crew had no permits, say Qataris AFP News - Wed, May 6, 2015

    Qatari authorities say they arrested a German television crew for filming a documentary without permission, not because of corruption allegations or the building conditions … More »Arrested TV crew had no permits, say Qataris

    A handout computer generated image made available on April 22, 2015 by Qatar World Cup's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, shows the 40,000-seater Al-Rayyan Stadium

    Qatari authorities say they arrested a German television crew for filming a documentary without permission, not because of corruption allegations or the building conditions for the 2022 World Cup it exposed. "Sold Football - Sepp Blatter and the power of FIFA" was screened on Monday by German broadcaster ARD and highlights …

  • Injury-hit Oscar will miss Brazil's campaign in the Copa America in Chile
    No Oscar for Brazil at Copa AFP News - Wed, May 6, 2015

    Brazil coach Dunga on Tuesday unveiled a squad shorn through injury of Chelsea's Oscar for the Copa America in Chile as the five-times world champions look to return … More »No Oscar for Brazil at Copa

    Injury-hit Oscar will miss Brazil's campaign in the Copa America in Chile

    Brazil coach Dunga on Tuesday unveiled a squad shorn through injury of Chelsea's Oscar for the Copa America in Chile as the five-times world champions look to return to winning ways after last year's World Cup failure. Having succeeded Luiz Felipe Scolari after the World Cup 10 months ago, Dunga is out to repair the image …

  • Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola during his side's Bundesliga match against Bayer Leverkusen in Leverkusen on May 2, 2015
    Luis Enrique shining in Guardiola's shadow AFP News - Tue, May 5, 2015

    Despite the presence of Lionel Messi and 14 World Cup winners, the attention will be on the touchline as much as the pitch when Pep Guardiola leads his Bayern Munich … More »Luis Enrique shining in Guardiola's shadow

    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola during his side's Bundesliga match against Bayer Leverkusen in Leverkusen on May 2, 2015

    Despite the presence of Lionel Messi and 14 World Cup winners, the attention will be on the touchline as much as the pitch when Pep Guardiola leads his Bayern Munich side into the stadium he called home for so long on Wednesday. Guardiola has been to Barcelona's Camp Nou hundreds of times, as captain during an 11-year …

  • Qatar is trying to counter international criticism of its treatment of migrant workers
    No worker deaths at World Cup stadiums: Qatar 2022 chief AFP News - Tue, May 5, 2015

    No labourers working on Qatar's World Cup stadium projects have died because of industrial accidents or injury, tournament chief Hassan Al-Thawadi said on Monday. Speaking … More »No worker deaths at World Cup stadiums: Qatar 2022 chief

    Qatar is trying to counter international criticism of its treatment of migrant workers

    No labourers working on Qatar's World Cup stadium projects have died because of industrial accidents or injury, tournament chief Hassan Al-Thawadi said on Monday. Speaking at a press briefing for foreign reporters in Doha, Thawadi said that work has been carried out so far on beginning to build or revamp five stadiums …

  • Germany striker Max Kruse is set to join VfL Wolfsburg from Borussia Moenchengladbach for next season
    Wolfsburg wait on Gladbach's Germany striker Kruse AFP News - Mon, May 4, 2015

    Germany striker Max Kruse is set to join VfL Wolfsburg from Borussia Moenchengladbach for next season after confirming he has had a medical check with his team's Bundesliga … More »Wolfsburg wait on Gladbach's Germany striker Kruse

    Germany striker Max Kruse is set to join VfL Wolfsburg from Borussia Moenchengladbach for next season

    Germany striker Max Kruse is set to join VfL Wolfsburg from Borussia Moenchengladbach for next season after confirming he has had a medical check with his team's Bundesliga rivals. The 27-year-old, who has won 11 caps for Germany but was not part of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup, has a contract with Gladbach until …

  • Hanover's French defender Salif Sane applauds the fans after the German first division Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and Hannover 96 in Wolfsburg, Germany, on May 2, 2015
    Leverkusen spoil Neuer's bid for history AFP News - Sun, May 3, 2015

    Bayer Leverkusen fired two goals past Germany's World Cup hero Manuel Neuer on Saturday to stop the goalkeeper claiming a slice of Bayern Munich history and boost their … More »Leverkusen spoil Neuer's bid for history

    Hanover's French defender Salif Sane applauds the fans after the German first division Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and Hannover 96 in Wolfsburg, Germany, on May 2, 2015

    Bayer Leverkusen fired two goals past Germany's World Cup hero Manuel Neuer on Saturday to stop the goalkeeper claiming a slice of Bayern Munich history and boost their Champions League hopes. Neuer went into the game seeking one more clean sheet to beat Oliver Kahn's record of 19 Bayern games in a season without conceding …

  • Supporters of China shout for their team during the quarter-final football match against Australia at the AFC Asian Cup in Brisbane on January 22, 2015
    China's World Cup hopes get AFC boost AFP News - Sat, May 2, 2015

    Asia's football body has thrown its weight behind an eventual World Cup bid by China and insisted the teeming wider region deserves greater representation at the tournament. … More »China's World Cup hopes get AFC boost

    Supporters of China shout for their team during the quarter-final football match against Australia at the AFC Asian Cup in Brisbane on January 22, 2015

    Asia's football body has thrown its weight behind an eventual World Cup bid by China and insisted the teeming wider region deserves greater representation at the tournament. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general secretary Alex Soosay told AFP that "China has everything a World Cup should offer. So I don't think you …