The two teenagers worked as security guards during the World Cup. Almost a year later they still haven’t been paid and are trapped in a shelter in Doha, unable to return to their family in The Gambia.
Internal documents suggest that former head of Fifa Legends Miguel Macedo was offered tickets by Fifa to at least six games played at the World Cup in Qatar, despite having been found guilty in 2020 of sexual harassment towards a young female Fifa subordinate by both an internal and an external investigation.
Threats of rape. Jailed for asking your employer to pay the promised salary. Beatings. Migrants working on World Cup projects tell stories of horrific abuse.
Three teenagers worked as security guards on World Cup venues throughout the tournament. But were never paid by their employer, Stark Security Services, a company owned by persons with close ties to the ruling family and who stand accused of funding Al Qaeda terrorists.
Since the start of the Russian invasion, Igor Belanov has been touring the Ukrainian trenches with his Ballon d'Or award, telling football stories to the soldiers in an attempt to lift their mood.
Are we getting closer to a World Cup in Saudi Arabia? The Saudi football federation recently signed a deal with Caf that may have earned them 54 votes in the race to become the host nation in 2030.
With the promise of paying jobs, the families of David and Paul sold their properties to fund their travel to Qatar. They worked as security guards at a World Cup stadium. The Fifa World Cup subcontractor Stark Security never paid them. They had to sleep rough.
In the shadow of the vast gold-clad bowl Lusail stadium, the World Cup’s 1 billion-dollar centrepiece venue resembling the ark of Noah, Joseph sums up his existence, his fate tied to that of the World Cup: “No one sees us.”
They haven’t been paid salaries for the last two months. Meet two African security guards that work for a company that has several Fifa and World Cup assignments during the tournament in Qatar.
According to Fifa, Qatar 2022 is to be the 'greenest of all World Cups'. But independent reports show that far from being the first carbon-neutral global sports competition in sports history, as promised by Fifa president Gianni Infantino, the forthcoming World Cup will be the dirtiest ever staged.
Politicians, leading academics and international trade unions have praised Qatar for its reforms since they were given the hosting rights to the 2022 World Cup in 2010, following a corrupt process. But how are things really on the ground?
The hunger striking whistleblower Abdullah Ibhais has been denied salt by his prison guards. Meanwhile the Supreme Committee has asked his lawyer to step down and, if not, warning him that representing Ibhais will damage his career.