Qatar 2022 organisers confirm first "work-related fatality"

It is not known yet how many stadia will be used

BY Daniel Kelly 10:07 Thursday 27 October 2016, 10:07 27 Oct 2016

Workers walk back to the Al-Wakra Stadium worksite being built for the 2022 World Cup. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

There is still over six years to go until the Qatar 2022 World Cup, and organisers have confirmed the first "work-related fatality" of the construction phase.

Qatar was a controversial choice to host the games, due to poor working conditions for construction workers. Over 5,000 workers from Nepal, India and Bangladesh have travelled to the Gulf state ahead of the World Cup to help build the stadia.

The death happened last Saturday at the Al Wakrah Stadium in Al Wakrah. The cause of death was not revealed.

According to Reuters, "autopsies and post-mortems on people who die sudden and unexpected deaths are forbidden by Qatari law unless a crime is suspected".

Deaths have occurred on or near World Cup sites, but Saturday's tragedy is the first to be classed as a "work-related fatality".

The Kafala System that is used in Qatar has been compared to modern-day slavery by organisations such as Amnesty International. Workers need permission from employers to leave the country, meaning many remain stranded in Qatar.

In December 2014, the Qatari government confirmed that 964 workers from Nepal, India, and Bangladesh died in the previous two years. No figures have been revealed since then.

The tournament is scheduled to begin on November 21st 2018, with the final taking place on December 18th.

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