Qatar boss recognises 'tragedy' of workers dying in World Cup build-up

Qatar manager Felix Sanchez says deaths of migrant workers is the World Cup’s ‘greatest tragedy’ but also suggests ‘misinformation’ and ‘unfair comments’ have been spread about the tournament

  • The Qatar manager has acknowledged the ‘tragedy’ of workers dying in Qatar
  • Reports suggest as many as 6,500 people have died building the World Cup 
  • The official death toll recorded by the Qatari organisers is just 37
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Qatar manager Felix Sanchez has spoken out over the deaths of workers in Qatar in the run up to the World Cup, calling any loss of life ‘the greatest tragedy.’

It is believed that as many as 6,500 migrant workers may have died while preparing Qatar for the World Cup that begins on Sunday, although the tournament’s organisers claim the figure is much lower.

There have been numerous protests across the football world in recent weeks over the deaths of workers in Qatar, with various Bundesliga clubs displaying banners in protest and Amnesty International demonstrating in Lisbon.

Qatar manager Felix Sanchez has acknowledged the ‘tragedy’ of workers dying in Qatar

It is believed that as many as 6,500 workers may have died while building the World Cup

Speaking to press ahead of Qatar’s game against Ecuador on Sunday, Sanchez said: ‘A lot has been said about this [issues about Qatar], some misinformation and some of the comments were not completely fair. 

‘The loss of human life during working hours is the greatest tragedy, whether here or anywhere in the world.’ 

It comes after the World Cup organisers claimed there had been just 37 deaths linked to the tournament, with only three coming from workplace accidents.

Infantino said that if Europe ‘really cared’ about the migrant workers they would do as Qatar did in creating ‘legal channels’ for them to come in

FIFA President Gianni Infantino defended Qatar in an extraordinary speech on Saturday that began with him describing himself as ‘feeling like a migrant worker’, before suggesting that if if Europe ‘really cared’ about migrant workers they could do as Qatar did and offer a ‘legal’ passage into the countries.

 The Qatar captain Hassan Al-Haydos also spoke on Saturday, saying: ‘It goes without saying I am very proud to lead the squad participating in the World Cup. Me and my team will perform to expectations and show the results of our hard work.’

The Tournament hosts get their World Cup underway against Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday.


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