Amidst increasing protest and insinuations over human rights records of World cup host Qatar, FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes the World Cup will help improve Qatar’s dreadful human rights record.
The build up to the tournament, that starts in just six weeks, has been overshadowed by bad publicity regarding Qatar’s human rights issues and workers rights.
Speaking at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Doha, Infantino said: ‘Qatar has really become a central hub in the world.
‘Not because of the World Cup, but certainly the spotlights of the World Cup have helped as well to put Qatar on an international map. And things have changed.
‘We have been speaking about workers, about workers’ rights and about human rights – some criticism was raised, rightfully, and changes have happened.’
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Last month, the FA made their long-awaited public statement in relation to the human rights atrocities that have taken place in the lead up to the tournament.
In the announcement, the FA vowed to lobby FIFA over new labour protection laws after the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the tournament.
It was also confirmed that national team captain Harry Kane will wear a ‘OneLove’ captain’s armband during the tournament. That move is significant because homosexuality is outlawed in the Islamic state.