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Harry Kane to wear anti-discrimination armband ahead of Qatar World Cup | FA


England captain Harry Kane will wear an anti-discrimination armband World Cup as part of the Football Association’s plans to highlight the human rights situation in Qatar.

The FA says it is also trying to ensure that families of migrant workers killed or injured during construction projects receive compensation. And he insists he continues to seek assurances from the local organizing committee that all fans, including those from the LGBTQ+ community, will be welcome and safe in Qatar.

Kane and the captains of seven other World Cup nations – Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Wales – will wear the OneLove armband in Qatar, where same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalized. He will wear the armband for the first time in Friday night’s Nations League match in Italy.

“As captains we may compete with each other on the pitch, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination,” Kane said. “This is even more relevant at a time when division in society is a common phenomenon. Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message as the world watches.”

Qatar’s human rights record remains a concern, despite FIFA and Qatari organizers claiming significant reforms have taken place since the 2010 World Cup. This week – emphasized the Guardian as workers employed on World Cup-related projects earn a basic salary of 1,000 rials (£225) a month, equivalent to around £1 an hour.

In the meantime, in the souk near England Hotel and along the beach promenade, where many fans gather, security guards from Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan work 12-hour days for just over £1 an hour. They say they work for 30 days. “When I take a day off, my pay gets cut,” says one.

The FA said a group of migrant workers had been invited to England’s World Cup training base in Al Wakrah to meet the players. Its chief executive, Mark Bullingham, promised that his organization would also lobby FIFA for updates on compensation scheme in Qatar and establishing a center to help these workers access support.

“We continue to push for compensation for the families of migrant workers who are killed or injured during construction projects,” Bullingham said. “Again, we are pressing Fifa to update the information on the compensation fund, which is consistently referred to as a safety net, where workers and their families cannot receive compensation from construction companies.”

Rights groups including Amnesty International called on FIFA to provide $440m (£388m) to support a compensation fund and help set up a migrant worker center – equivalent to the prize money offered to teams at the World Cup.

Felix Yakens, Amnesty International’s UK head of priority campaigns, said he generally welcomed the FA’s statements. However, he said those words must be accompanied by wider action from FIFA and the Qatari organizers.

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“The FA’s pledge to support efforts to correct abuses affecting thousands of foreign workers in Qatar, including a migrant worker centre, could be significant, but we still need to see whether this is taken seriously by the Qatari authorities or FIFA.” he said.

“Human rights issues have hampered preparations for this World Cup and we have previously been disappointed by the FA’s years of silence and overly optimistic claims of ‘progress’ in Qatar.

“The unexplained deaths of migrant workers, wage fraud and excessive working hours are just some of the problems that remain unresolved in Qatar’s labor laws.”


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