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Football 03 Dec 2014 | 2:47 AM

Blatter denies responsibility for Qatar workers' welfare

COLOMBO (Reuters) - FIFA is not responsible for the working conditions of labourers helping to build stadiums for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, the president of world football's governing body Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday.

Football 13 Nov 2014 | 3:27 AM

World Cup hosts Qatar still failing migrant workers - Amnesty

LONDON (Reuters) - Qatar's efforts to prevent the abuse of migrant workers have been "woefully inadequate" since the Gulf state pledged to confront exploitation following an outcry over the 2022 World Cup, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

Football 21 Jul 2014 | 12:09 AM

World Cup host Qatar agrees some foreign worker reforms

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's government has approved some measures to improve the treatment of foreign workers following international criticism over the past year, as the Gulf state gears up to host the 2022 World Cup football tournament.

Football 23 Jun 2014 | 3:52 PM

Thai junta gets tough on World Cup gambling

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military leaders are cracking down on illegal gambling, which is forecast to soar during the World Cup, as part of a campaign to clean up the country and restore its image.

Football 16 Jun 2014 | 10:07 PM

UN calls on gay World Cup players to declare sexuality

GENEVA (Reuters) - Gay soccer players at the World Cup in Brazil should declare their sexuality to help make gays and lesbians accepted around the world, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said on Monday.

Football 15 May 2014 | 4:12 AM

Qatar sets out labour reforms after rights criticism, but no timetable

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar unveiled plans for labour reforms on Wednesday after persistent criticism from rights group over its treatment of workers, but it set no timetable and the changes would still leave employees without a minimum wage or trade unions.

Football 23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 AM

World Cup test event to go ahead with reduced crowd

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Delays to construction work at the Sao Paulo stadium hosting the opening match of the 2014 World Cup means the main test event there will not be played before a full house, organisers said on Tuesday.

Football 16 Apr 2014 | 5:29 AM

Corinthians handed World Cup stadium but still work to do

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Corinthians have taken formal control of the stadium that will host the opening match of this year's World Cup but officials said on Tuesday there is still a lot of work to do before the arena is ready to host big games.

Football 26 Mar 2014 | 1:37 AM

FIFA must stop quibbling over Qatar workers

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA needs to stop ducking its responsibility in relation to the labour rights situation in 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar and start looking for solutions, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Football 20 Mar 2014 | 2:22 AM

Amnesty calls on FIFA to address Qatar workers' rights

DOHA (Reuters) - Amnesty International is calling on world soccer's governing body FIFA to address the issue of migrant workers' abuse in Qatar during its meeting later this month, the rights group said in a statement on Wednesday.