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World Football governing body, FIFA, has been urged by Amnesty International and other rights groups to compensate migrant workers in Qatar for “human rights abuses” while preparing for the 2022 World Cup.

The body was told to set aside $440 million as compensation.

The groups wrote to the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino to inform him of their decision. In addition, the group said FIFA should work with host nations so that the rights of migrant workers are protected in the future.

Apparently, since FIFA awarded the hosting rights of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar in 2010, the body never asked for any improvement in labor protections.

Various practices took place among which were withholding of salaries and charging workers to change jobs.

Meanwhile, the Qatar government has denied the accusations. It explained that it had introduced a lot of reforms in the last five years. Among the reforms it claimed to have introduced were a new national wage and the removal of exit permits.

The World Cup is slated for November 21 to December 18.

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