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Discussion in 'International Football' started by Super_horns, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Super_horns

    Super_horns WATFORD Till I Die
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    I noticed Qatar have won the Asian Cup beating Japan in the final.

    Have they suddenly found a group of very talented young footballers or nationalising some from South American for example to make sure they can compete in in their own World Cup?
     
  2. Burg

    Burg Constipated

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    how convenient....
     
  3. Never Alone

    Never Alone A Dull but Constant Drone

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    I remember reading an article on Qatar that pointed out that there were only four Qataris in the squad.

    They must have really padded that brown envelope...
     
  4. PorkchopExpress

    PorkchopExpress He's super strong, and super naked!

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    Basicallygot in a load of talentedtalen into the youth team when they won the bid, knowing that by the time the world cup comes around they would have been playing togther for X years, and all be nationalised.
     
  5. Jezza1999

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    3 Sundanese, 2 Iraqis, an Algerian and a defender from Portugal made up the starting XI for the final.

    Its been in the works for a few years I think.
     
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    Mani ¡Leeds Carajo!

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  8. Taffy

    Taffy C'mon you reds.

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    Don't ya just love the different cultures, over here coins are thrown, over there they sling footwear.
     
  9. StretfordEnd

    StretfordEnd Fools can be kings
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    Qatar is "running out of time" to honour promised labour reforms before the 2022 World Cup, says Amnesty International.

    Research by the human rights group found that the authorities in the Gulf state are "falling significantly short" in their efforts to protect the rights of two million migrant workers.

    Amnesty said "important steps" to improve workers' rights had been passed since an agreement was signed with the United Nations' International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2017.

    But in a 19-page report titled 'Reality Check', the watchdog warned that "much more needs to be done" and that workers were still being subject to "exploitation and abuse".

    In a statement, world football governing body Fifa said it "welcomes the important steps taken in recent months by the government of Qatar towards reforming its laws on the protection of workers' rights".

    However, it added: "We share the view of Amnesty International that additional progress is needed for the full implementation of the commitments for comprehensive labour reform by the government of Qatar."

    The Qatari government said it "welcomes" the "continued interest and scrutiny" of its systems from Amnesty and claims it penalised or banned 11,994 companies in 2018 for violating labour laws.

    A government statement read: "Far from seeing time as running out, the Government of the State of Qatar understands further change is needed and we remain committed to developing these changes as quickly as possible, while ensuring they are effective and appropriate for our labour market conditions.

    "Practical, efficient and lasting change takes time and that is what we have committed to."

    In 2010, Qatar controversially beat rival bids from the United States, Australia, South Korea and Japan to host the tournament, with hundreds of thousands of construction workers arriving from overseas.

    The country is building seven new stadia to stage the tournament which has been moved to winter to avoid the country's extreme summer heat.

    Amnesty acknowledges that Qatar has "finally begun a high-profile reform process" amid international pressure over worker deaths because of poor conditions.

    They include new laws for a temporary minimum wage and a workers' insurance fund. The ILO has also set up an office in Doha to cooperate on labour-related issues.

    The study is largely focused on government infrastructure projects, rather than World Cup construction sites, but it says that workers continue to be vulnerable to serious abuses, "sometimes amounting to forced labour and human trafficking".

    It also said that despite promises of reform, and some improvements, there has been "no meaningful reform of the 'kafala' sponsorship system", which ties workers to their employer. Qatar promised to abolish kafala, described by human rights groups as modern-day slavery, in 2016.

    Amnesty said that in addition to country-wide reforms, around 30,000 workers on projects specifically for the World Cup were supposed to have benefitted from stricter labour standards, ethical recruitment, timely payment, the banning of forced labour and new accommodation.

    It concluded that while these had led to "some real improvements", they were "not universally respected", and that last year World Cup organisers admitted that contractors working on one of the stadiums had breached a summer working hours ban.

    World Cup 2022: Qatar 'falling significantly short' on reforms - Amnesty International

    So Qatar is still using slave labour to build its World Cup venues, and clearly has no intention of any culture change. Disgusting.
     
  10. zippy

    zippy The friendly Fascist

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    I thought that was going to be the start of a joke, I was expecting "went in a pub" after the word Portugal.
     
  11. RedDevilsShinja

    RedDevilsShinja Non Gender Attack Helicopter personnel

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    And FIFA couldn't give a **** as they got a nice big check from Qatar. Western nations should boycott it out of protest and hold their own cup, we certainly have the collective infrastructure in Europe to do it on a moments notice.
     
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    I'm hoping to get out there come 2022, the final is on my oldest sons birthday. Going to be the most convenient World Cup ever, think the longest travel time between stadiums is 30 minutes, early stages be able to take in 3/4 games in a day hopefully.
    I'll be interested to see if countries do boycott though, most of the rest of the middle east are likely to with the current situation towards Qatar.
     
  13. StewieJT

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    It will take longer than 30 minutes to get to some of the stadiums. There are 4 in Doha but the traffic can be bad, Al Khor is about an hour from Doha. Still, not bad at all!
     

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