England captain Harry Kane will wear an anti-discrimination armband at world Cup Within the framework of the Football Association’s plans to shed light on the human rights situation in Qatar.
The FA says it is also trying to ensure that families of migrant workers who have lost their lives or been injured on construction projects receive compensation. It insists that it 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 the other seven World Cup nations – Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Wales – will wear the OneLove badge in Qatar, where same-sex relations are criminalized and same-sex relations are promoted. He will wear the captain’s armband for the first time in the Nations League match on Friday evening in Italy.
“As leaders we may all be competing against each other on the field, but together we stand against all forms of discrimination,” Kane said. This is even more important at a time when division is common in society. Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message when the world is watching.”
The human rights issue in Qatar remains a concern, despite claims by FIFA and Qatari regulators that major reforms have been made since the World Cup was awarded in 2010. This week Guardian How workers working on World Cup-related projects are paid a base wage of 1,000 riyals (£225) a month, the equivalent of £1 an hour.
Meanwhile in the market Outside the England Hotel And along the seaside promenade, where many fans gather, security guards from places like Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan take on 12-hour shifts for just over £1 an hour. They say they work 30 days a month. Someone says, “If I take a day off, they cut my salary.”
The FA said that a group of expatriate workers had been invited to attend the World Cup training base in Al Wakrah to meet the players. Mark Bullingham, CEO of the company, promised that his organization is also pressing FIFA for an update on this compensation plan in Qatar and establish a center to help these workers obtain support.
“We continue to push for the principle of compensation for families of migrant workers who lost their lives or were injured on construction projects,” Bullingham said. “Once again, we are pushing FIFA for an update on the compensation fund which has been consistently cited as a safety net where workers and their families have been unable to obtain compensation from construction companies.”
Human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, have called on FIFA to allocate $440m (£388m) to support a compensation fund and help set up a center for migrant workers – equivalent to the prize money offered to teams at the World Cup.
Felix Jackkins, Amnesty International UK’s head of priority campaigns, said the FA announcements were widely welcomed. But he said the words had to be accompanied by broader action from FIFA and Qatar’s regulators.
“The FA’s pledge to support efforts to address the abuses suffered by thousands of foreign workers in Qatar – including with the Migrant Workers Center – may be significant, but we still need to know if this has been taken seriously either by Qatari authorities or by “FIFA” said.
Human rights issues have hampered preparations for the World Cup, and we have previously been disappointed by years of the FA’s reticence and overly optimistic statements about “progress” in Qatar.
“Unexplained deaths of migrant workers, workers being cheated on their wages, and others working excessively long hours are just some of the issues that sporadically enforced labor laws in Qatar continue to fail to address.”