Qatar 2022 weathers worker abuse claims

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The body also said the Qatari government will probe The Guardian's claims, which include the alleged death of at least 44 Nepalese workers between 4 June and 8 August - and accusations that there is some evidence of forced labour on a major World Cup infrastructure project.

The newspaper says Nepalese workers in Qatar 'face exploitation and abuses that amount to modern-day slavery'.

A Qatari statement, in response, read: "Like everyone viewing the video and images, and reading the accompanying texts, we are appalled by the findings presented in the Guardian's report.

"There is no excuse for any worker in Qatar to be treated in this manner.

"The health, safety, well-being and dignity of every worker that contributes to staging the 2022 Fifa World Cup is of the utmost importance to our committee and we are committed to ensuring that the event serves as a catalyst toward creating sustainable improvements to the lives of all workers in Qatar."

The statement added: "We firmly believe that all workers engaged on our projects, and those of the other infrastructure developers in Qatar, have a right to be treated in a manner that ensures at all times their wellbeing, safety, security, and dignity.

"This is our top priority as we begin to deliver on the promises made in our bid to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar." 

The 2022 showpiece is already under scrutiny due to concerns players will struggle to perform in the searing summer heat of the oil-rich nation.

Fifa's executive committee will on October 3 discuss the proposal of switching the tournament to winter.

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