One of Pennsylvania's United States senators is asking a future World Cup be removed from Qatar amid reports of the country's abusive labor practices.
Bob Casey said Monday he has called on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to reallocate the 2022 World Cup from Qatar to the United States.
Casey said there continue to be reports about Qatar's widespread labor abuses and allegations of corruption and bribery that led to the selection of Qatar as the host of that championship, ahead of runner up - the United States.
More investigations into Quatar have revealed that migrant workers make as little as $6.75 for a full day of manual labor while facing the threat of illegal fees and withheld wages.
Moving the 2022 World Cup to the U.S. would have a significant economic impact in both the lead up to and during the tournament for 18 cities, including Philadelphia, Casey said.
“Rewarding these labor practices with the 2022 World Cup is the wrong approach” Senator Casey said. “Recent reporting has raised new concerns about the way Qatar treats its workers and the manner in which the country was selected for the 2022 World Cup. FIFA’s own President has recently called the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar a “mistake.” I’m urging FIFA to remove the cloud that hangs over the 2022 World Cup and swiftly reallocate this event. The U.S. submitted a quality bid to FIFA that should once again be given serious consideration. Bringing the 2022 World Cup to the U.S. will also have a significant jobs impact that strengthens our economy.”
Casey is Chair of the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety.