Category: Andrew Warshaw
Published on Monday, 18 November 2013 09:07
The plight of journeyman footballer Zahir Belounis and his desperate appeal to be paid what he's owed and leave Qatar could hardly have come at a more inopportune time for the 2022 World Cup organisers.
Just as the Qataris were proudly unveiling details of the design and construction for the first of their state-of-the-art stadia for the finals in nine years' time, so all the pomp and backslapping co-incided with yet more adverse publicity about a case which human rights organisations are using as an example of the restrictive kafala employment system that prevents foreign workers leaving the country until being "released" by their sponsors and which has been so roundly condemned.
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