Trade Union Leader Reveals Shocking Extent Of Qatar World Cup Deaths

The Qatar World Cup has already had a lot of problems in the lead up to the first tournament held in the middle east and one trade union has given light to the shocking extent of the problems with one stat.

It's amazing how quickly we can go from loving everything about the World Cup to simply hating international football's very existence, even if the Nations League was supposed to make us care more.

This cycle of World Cups will take even longer than usual to end as FIFA decided to hold the World Cup in Qatar and latterly change the tournament to a winter one, finishing just in time for Christmas.

There are so many issues with holding the tournament in Qatar. There were questions about the legality of their bid but that aside there's issues with when the tournament is being held, and it's knock on effect to domestic competitions, and it being held in a country with no footballing pedigree.

However all those issues pale into comparison with questions over human rights and how migrant workers are being treated, with an estimated 1,200 deaths for workers building the stadia for the tournament.

Hans-Christian Gabrielsen, Leader of Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, revealed the extent of the issue with a shocking stat, saying:

"If we were to hold a minute of silence for every estimated death of a migrant worker due to the constructions of the Qatar World Cup, the first 44 matches of the tournament would be played in silence."

The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha will host the final in December 2022. Image: PA Images
The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha will host the final in December 2022. Image: PA Images

44 games is almost the entirety of the Group Stages of the World Cup with only the last four games not being affected, in the hypothetical world where the silence actually happens, which is the last round of games in Groups G and H.

Gabrielsen added, "Labor migration is one of the biggest challenges facing international trade unions today. An ever-increasing economic globalization means that we have more migrant workers today than ever before.

"The stories of the workers in Qatar are unfortunately not unique. It is the everyday life of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers around the world."

Computer generated image of the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium. Image: PA Images
Computer generated image of the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium. Image: PA Images

21 workers died in the preparation for the World Cup in Russia last summer but international trade unions fear the figure could increase to 4000 by the time we get to November 2022.

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Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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