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FIFA challenged to pay $440m to Qatar workers, following concerns of human rights abuse

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Many major Human rights groups are challenging sporting body FIFA to compensate migrant workers from Qatar, in a $440 million dollar payout

Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, are urging FIFA to compensate Qatar workers.

They allege the workers suffered human rights abuses in preparations for World Cup tournaments in the country.

They want FIFA to “establish a comprehensive program to ensure all labor abuses to which FIFA contributed are” rectified and prevented from happening again.

They want workers to be compensated back to when FIFA awarded hosting rights to Qatar in 2010. They allege the sporting body didn’t push for any improvement in labor protections.

The Government is Qatar has consistently been under fire for many years over its alleged human rights abuses. These include withholding pay and charging workers to change jobs.

Workers walk towards the construction site of the Lusail stadium which will be build for the upcoming 2022 Fifa soccer World Cup during a stadium tour in Doha, Qatar, December 20, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

FIFA says it has reimbursed a number of workers already and is assessing the “closure of all grievances associated with FIFA World Cup projects.”

The 2022 World Cup is scheduled between November 21 and December 18.

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China hides maskless crowd by editing World Cup broadcast

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China has made an effort to hide the rest of the world from its citizens by editing out crowd scenes from World Cup coverage

A China coverup has come to light as the country attempts to censor its World Cup broadcast.

Protests against China’s strict zero-covid strategy are engulfing its major cities, as Chinese TV feeds are edited to steer clear of crowd scenes.

State television removed camera shots of maskless crowd goers and instead shows closeups of coaches and players.

This has its citizens questioning why the rest of the world is getting on with normality, while they remain under strict lockdown.

The World Cup comes at a turbulent time for China, as millions remain shut away from the rest of the world.

It also comes just weeks after Xi Jinping secured a third term, with many are now demanding an end to his rein.

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Tech giant could bid for Man Utd

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Apple could be the next owner of English football giant Manchester United.

Reports suggest the American tech giant is considering a billion-dollar bid to take over the club.

It was confirmed earlier this week that the American Glazer family’s ownership of the football club is set to end.

The family sent a note to the New York Stock Exchange saying they’re exploring “strategic alternatives” for the English football club.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is apparently keen to explore opportunities that owning Manchester United could provide, and is weighing up an official bid for the club in the region of $7 billion.

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Japanese fans help clean up Qatar stadium, in pure class act

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In a show of good faith, Japanese soccer fans stayed back to clean the stadium

Japanese soccer fans stayed back to clean up the Qatar stadium, where they even had their own plastic bags with them.

The supporters of the Samurai Blue are earning praise for cleaning up their mess after the game.

Japan had a stunning win over Germany in their opening match of the FIFA Men’s World Cup.

It’s become a common sight at some stadiums and events in Japan.

It’s a very common sight, according to one Japanese fan, who says the practice is not unusual.

FIFA has also posted an image from the Japanese change rooms after the game, with no mess in sight.

Japan beat Germany 2 – 1 in the match. They will now take on Costa Rica in Group E.

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