Liverpool REJECT Luxury Five-Star Qatar Hotel Amidst Human Rights Concerns
Liverpool have rejected an offer to stay in a luxury five-star hotel in Doha, Qatar after discovering a number of serious human rights abuses surrounding the spot.
The Reds are set to travel to the Middle-East in December to compete in the Club World Cup, which they qualified for after winning the Champions League in June.
The team were set to stay in the Marsa Malaz Kempinski, a palatial luxury hotel on the artificial island of Pearl-Qatar, but ended up turning down the offer after learning about the resorts shady past, according to a report by The Athletic.
In October 2018, an investigation by the Guardian revealed that migrant workers employed by the Marsa Malaz Kempinski hotel were earning salaries below that of the minimum wage and were in breach of labour laws.
The investigation also revealed that security guards at the resort were made to work 12-hour shifts in 45C temperatures, earning as little as £8 a day for their services.
The Athletic have also reported that Liverpool have since "informed FIFA and the Qatari authorities of their decision and have relocated to a hotel on the mainland that did not generate any such worries."
It is understood that FIFA and the Qatar authorities have been responsive to all of Liverpool requests so far, with alternative accommodation arrangements currently being made.
A large majority of the tourism and leisure sector falls in Qatar outside of the control of the authorities, with many hotels being run by global corporations. This includes the Kempinski.
The move is likely to increase scrutiny on Qatar amid long-standing allegations of migrant worker abuse.
Qatar has faced frequent accusations over the use of slave labour as they prepare to host the 2022 World Cup.
The Reds are set to play their first fixture in the Club World Cup on December 18th at the Education City Stadium, with the final taking place three days later on the 21st.
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