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Football: Amnesty accuses Qatar of abusing World Cup workers

DOHA (AFP) - Qatar has been accused of abusing more than 100 mainly Asian migrants working on one of its World Cup stadiums, in an Amnesty International report released Thursday. It is the first time the London-based watchdog has issued allegations of human rights abuses specifically about a 2022 World Cup venue. The treatment of workers is one of the major issues that has dogged the Gulf state since the controversial decision to award it the right to host football's flagship tournament. Amnesty said labourers at the Khalifa International Stadium were lied to over their salaries, went unpaid for months and were housed in squalid accommodation. Seven workers were even prevented from returning home to help their families after Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake. "This is a World Cup based on labour exploitation," said Amnesty's Mustafa Qadri. The 51-page report, "The Ugly S...

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