— Published 15 September 2022

A survey that speaks volumes

Qatar

A surprising poll. According to an opinion poll carried out for the NGO Amnesty International, an overwhelming majority of football fans believe that FIFA should compensate the workers employed by Qatar to build the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup (20 November to 18 December). The survey questioned 17,000 adults in 15 countries in Europe, the US, Mexico, Argentina, Morocco and Kenya. The result: 73% of respondents said they “strongly support” or “tend to support” the idea that FIFA should use the proceeds of the tournament to pay compensation to workers whose rights have been violated. The percentage of support even rises to 84% among respondents who plan to watch at least one match at the tournament. Another finding of the survey is that the public expects national federations to “speak out publicly about human rights issues” in Qatar. More than two-thirds of those polled want football’s governing bodies to take a stand. “FIFA has assured Amnesty International that it will consider these proposals (compensation for workers), but no public announcement has yet been made in this regard,” said the London-based NGO. With less than 100 days to go before the start of the World Cup, its wait-and-see attitude is likely to continue.