Statement from JérômeValcke on labour rights in Qatar
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We had a first meeting today with the International Trade Union Confederations (ITUC) about labour rights in Qatar in connection with the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. In the meeting it was agreed that FIFA and ITUC will work jointly over the next few months to address labour issues with the Qatari authorities. It was also agreed to add labour related criteria to the bidding process of future FIFA World Cups.

As the world governing body of the most popular sport we have a responsibility that goes beyond the development of football and the organisation of our competitions. FIFA upholds the respect for human rights and the application of international norms of behaviour as a principle and part of all our activities.