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World Cup organisers FIFA

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    June 21, 2022 12:20 PM EDT

    The Football Association is uniting with federations in other countries to identify the best way to shine a light on the plight of migrant workers in World Cup host nation Qatar.

    Human rights group Amnesty International has called on World Cup organisers FIFA to earmark at least 440m US dollars (over £350m) to support projects to compensate the families of migrant workers in the Gulf state who have died and to reimburse others forced to pay recruitment fees in order to work.

    It also wants the money - which Amnesty says is equivalent to the prize fund allocated to the competing nations - to support efforts to protect workers' rights in the future.

    FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said representatives from the national associations of the countries who had qualified for the finals were travelling out to Qatar at the weekend, where discussions over human rights issues will take place.

    "We are looking at two things: first, what is the legacy programme, and second, what is any symbolic gesture that we collectively would like to make," he said.

    "We would hope to be able to give an update on that after we've spoken to the players in the wake of that workshop."