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Calls for big companies to pressurise WC Qatar 2022

THE International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is urging big-name FIFA sponsors to press the World Cup 2022 organisers and Qatar to improve the conditions for the 1.4 million migrant workers who they claim are working in horrific slave-like conditions.

In a strongly-worded statement the ITUC said: "Sponsors know that Qatar is a slave state… fans don't want the game to be shamed this way."

FIFA's decision to award the World Cup to Qatar in 2022 has created a multi-billion dollar construction boom that has resulted in appalling living conditions, unsafe work practices, numerous injury and even death for migrant workers.

Highlighting what they insist are the responsibilities of FIFA's sponsors, the ITUC say: "If they don't speak out about the appalling conditions, their reputations will be tarnished.

"Their moral code is lacking any kind of compass we can endorse."

Among the companies named are McDonald's, Budweiser, Coco-Cola, Visa, Adidas, Gazprom, Hyundai and Kia.