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Qatar probes migrant worker deaths at World Cup venue: Official


World Cup host Qatar is investigating the death of a migrant worker, an official said on Thursday, after reports that he died at a training facility during the soccer tournament. . The death of a Filipino in his 40s was first reported on Wednesday by sports website The Athletic and later confirmed by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. The Athletic reported that the man fell down a slope while fixing lights at a resort used as a training facility for the Saudi national football team.

The report said he was not wearing a harness. It does not specify the date of the accident. Saudi Arabia’s run at the tournament ended on November 30 with a defeat to Mexico.

“The case is being investigated by the Qatari authorities,” a Qatari government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“If the investigation concludes that safety protocols were not followed, the company will be subject to legal action and severe financial penalties.”

Manila’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday told AFP the man died “while working at a resort in Mesaieed,” south of Doha.

Diplomats are “working with legal authorities to determine further details”, the ministry said in a statement, adding it would facilitate “early repatriation” most” his body.

World football governing body FIFA said it was “deeply saddened by this tragedy”.

“As soon as FIFA became aware of the accident, we contacted local authorities to request more details,” it said in a statement.

Qatar’s World Cup organisers, the Supreme Commission for Delivery and Legacy, said the crash site was not within their jurisdiction.

The dead man – a contractor – was also “not within the jurisdiction” of the commission, it said in a statement.

Migrant workers make up more than 2.5 million of Qatar’s population of 2.9 million, and working conditions have been heavily criticized – especially in the run-up to the World Cup.

Last month, Qatari authorities said 414 migrant workers died in workplace accidents in the country between 2014 and 2020.

Under pressure from international unions, Qatar instituted labor reforms and received praise. These include introducing a minimum wage of 1,000 riyals ($260) and limiting the number of hours workers can spend outside in the intense heat.

The World Cup begins on November 20 and ends on December 18.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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