See also here.
This video, from the construction workers union in the Netherlands, says about itself:
7 May 2015
The world is preparing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. 4.000 migrant workers will die during construction of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The world holds FIFA accountable. Sepp Blatter, please take action!
Red Card for FIFA – Stand Up for Workers’ Rights in Qatar
Give FIFA a red card NOW.
This video was from before the present arrests of football officials in Switzerland.
Britain: Conservative MP Crouch ignores exploitation of workers. NEW Sports Minister Tracey Crouch showed her true colours yesterday when discussing the Premier League television deal and the 2022 World Cup, saying that the main reason the 2022 World Cup should be moved from Qatar was due to the heat: here.
By Kadeem Simmonds in Britain:
Blatter is told: We have had enough
Friday 29th May 2015
Uefa come out fighting ahead of today‘s presidential elections
Calls for Blatter to step down and withdraw his candidacy as the head of Fifa increased dramatically after nine Fifa officials were arrested at a hotel in Zurich Wednesday morning.
Uefa leader Michel Platini confronted the 79-year-old in an emergency meeting and told him to quit, with Blatter saying he was still the right person to lead football’s governing body.
Platini then said in press conference: “I have had enough — enough is enough, too much is too much. I am the first to be disgusted.
“I told Mr Blatter: ‘We started together and now I am asking you to step down as we cannot continue this way.’
“He told me: ‘It’s too late, I can’t today all of sudden leave when Congress starts this afternoon’.”
The backing of Uefa makes the race a lot closer than originally expected, with Platini rallying a late call for more voters to distance themselves from Blatter.
“A very, very big majority of Uefa associations will vote for Prince Ali — a minimum of 45 or 46 [out of 53] and I try to convince more.”
But he did warn that should Blatter somehow be voted back into power, it would demonstrate how strong his grip is.
If he has decided to stay on, it means he is still strong,” Platini said.
“But there’s a renewal of democracy in the African zone to vote freely. As I said to Europe, vote freely — but vote for Prince Ali.”
Blatter eventually commented on the arrests and unsurprisingly said he was not to blame for the actions of others, saying that he “cannot monitor everyone all of the time.”
Speaking for the first time since this scandal erupted, he said: “Actions of individuals bring shame and humiliation on football and demand action and change from us all.
“We cannot allow the reputation of Fifa and football to be dragged through the mud, it has to stop here and now.
“I know many people hold me ultimately responsible for actions of football’s governing community.
“I cannot monitor everyone all of the time, if people want to do wrong they will also try to hide. But it must fall to me for the responsibility for organisation and find a way to fix things.”
See also here.
This video says about itself:
16 June 2014
Contains some upsetting images.
In light of the controversy surrounding Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup– ESPN E:60 delves behind the scenes to get an eye-opening insight into one of the more damning consequences of FIFA’s decision– the problems faced by migrant workers in Qatar.
By Kadeem Simmonds in Britain:
Journalists held in Qatari prison
Tuesday 19th May 2015
BBC crew invited by PM then arrested and interrogated
Media workers were outraged yesterday after BBC journalists were invited to Qatar by the prime minister only to be snatched off the streets for “trespassing.”
BBC Middle East business correspondent Mark Lobel was in Doha in early May to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers but was then arrested — along with the cameraman, translator and driver — and then interrogated.
Lobel said he was told he wouldn’t be allowed a phone call and that they were being held as a matter of national security.
He was then shown pictures of himself and his team, showing they they had been spied on since the moment they entered the country. Their equipment was seized from them and has yet to be returned.
Speaking to the Star, National Union of Journalists general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “It’s an outrage that BBC journalists were imprisoned in Qatar for doing their job, it’s a terrible indictment of the government’s approach to press freedom. The seized equipment and belongings must be returned immediately.
“The arrests show a shocking level of hostility towards media workers, even in the face of their invitation as part of a PR trip.
“The journalists were put under surveillance and their detention serves as a warning for all media organisations planning to cover the World Cup. “Assurances must be given by the authorities that they will in future respect press freedom and not let this happen again.”
“It was meant to be the first day of our PR tour but instead we were later handcuffed and taken to be questioned for a second time, at the department of public prosecutions,” Lobel said on the BBC website.
“Thirteen hours of waiting around and questioning later, one of the interrogators snapped: ‘This is not Disneyland. You can’t stick your camera anywhere.’ In perfect English and with more than a touch of malice, he threatened us with another four days in prison — to teach us a lesson.”
But since their release, the Qatari government have said that the journalists were trespassing on private property and breaking the law.
“By trespassing on private property and running afoul of Qatari laws, the BBC reporter made himself the story,” the Qatar government said.
“We sincerely hope that this was not his intention. Moreover, we deeply regret that he was unable to report the real story, which is that the government and the private sector are making significant progress in efforts to improve the lives and the labour conditions of guest workers in Qatar.”
Fifa said they were investigating the incident. “Any instance relating to an apparent restriction of press freedom is of concern to Fifa and will be looked into with the seriousness it deserves,” it said in a statement.
This video is called Slave labour for Qatar’s World Cup.
From Middle East Eye:
Thursday 7 May 2015 11:35 BST
A team of German journalists who were working on a documentary investigating claims of corruption regarding Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup were arrested by police in the Gulf state before being released, it emerged on Wednesday.
Journalists from the WDR and ARD channels, two of the biggest public broadcasting networks in Germany, who were working on a documentary titled “The Selling of Football – Sepp Blatter and the Power of FIFA,” were detained on 2 April for 14 hours before their release.
A statement from WDR confirmed that professional and personal equipment were confiscated by Qatari security services before being returned damaged to the German journalists four weeks later.
“The WDR team was arrested during a shooting with workers in the Qatari capital Doha, then interrogated by the State Security and only released after 14 hours,” the statement read. “The WDR employees were not allowed to leave Qatar for five days.”
“The camera equipment, laptops and personal mobile phones were confiscated and returned only after a four-week delay. All data has been deleted and pieces of equipment were damaged.”
The international watchdog Reporters Beyond Borders condemned Qatar’s detainment of the foreign journalists, calling on the government to allow for an “unhindered” work access.
“The government in Doha has to ensure that foreign journalists can investigate critical topics such as the situation of human rights in Qatar unhindered,” said Christian Mihr, the executive director of Reporters Without Borders’ German section. “Since Qatar is seeking the international spotlight with this international sports event, it will have to face up to a critical global public.”
The ARD channel aired a report on Monday that interviewed Nepalese workers about their squalid living conditions. Florian Bauer, the journalist for ARD who was detained by Qatar, told the channel that the available footage was smuggled out on USB sticks out of Qatar.
Qatar has been under fire for its labour laws, and international scrutiny has been directed at the migrants’ living and working conditions. Amidst growing concern over the poor treatment of migrant workers and labourers in Qatar, the Guardian reported last year that around 400 Nepalese workers had died building infrastructure projects and facilities for the 2022 World Cup.
See also here.
UCATT yesterday backed the ITUC’s decision to get behind Dutch football president Michael van Praag to be the next Fifa president, saying he offers the best hope to the abused Qatari migrant workers building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup: here.
This video says about itself:
16 June 2014
Contains some upsetting images.
In light of the controversy surrounding Qatar being awarded the 2022 World Cup- ESPN E:60 delves behind the scenes to get an eye-opening insight into one of the more damning consequences of FIFA’s decision- the problems faced by migrant workers in Qatar.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Bennett wants boycott of Qatar
Friday 10th April 2015
Green Party leader believes England should refuse to play at the World Cup
The Green Party leader said England’s football team should not travel to the rich Gulf nation for the 22nd edition of football’s biggest event.
Calls for a boycott are constantly growing due to the country’s continued exploitation of foreign workers — there have been hundreds of deaths and well-documented abuses of migrant workers — as well as alleged corruption surrounding the Fifa bidding process for the right to host the tournament.
Homosexuality is illegal in the oil state.
“I think there are so many issues around Qatar — gay rights issues, workers’ rights issues.”
Bennett also said there is a cultural problem within sport as gay athletes rarely come out and if they do it is usually after retiring.
Justin Fashanu committed suicide in 1998 after revealing he was gay while former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger and ex-United States international Robbie Rogers have both came out over the past few years, but only after retiring from the sport.
Bennett believes that a possible way to tackle the problem would be to treat homophobic chants at football matches with the same seriousness as racism.
“I think very clearly there’s a real cultural problem,” said Bennett.
“That’s why athletes so often have come out after they’ve finished competing.
“There’s a serious responsibility for sport.
“The evidence suggests it’s lagging behind because people aren’t coming out.
“If there’s homophobic chants, for example, it should be treated in the same way as racism.”
This video about Hitler´s Holocaust is called Auschwitz Birkenau – Warning Extremely Graphic Content.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Dutch police investigate ‘burn the Jews‘ anti-Semitic chants at FC Utrec[h]t vs Ajax football match
The match in the highest tier of Dutch football was marred by videos showing fans chanting anti-Semitic slogans, and the football association, police and even justice minister are investigating
Tuesday 07 April 2015
Videos have emerged online from FC Utrecht’s 1-1 draw with Ajax in which a group of fans can clearly be heard shouting the anti-Semitic songs and clapping.
According to Dutch media reports, the chants went on for several minutes and included a common refrain of: “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas.”
Another chant, which was apparently filmed by someone in the stands and posted to YouTube, declared: “My father was in the commandos, my mother was in the SS, together they burned Jews, because Jews burn the best.”
The Dutch football association, the KNVB, has denounced the chants as “reprehensible and disgusting” and said it was currently investigating.
The incident, during the Eredivisie match at midday on Sunday, has received widespread coverage in the Dutch news media after the discovery of the video. …
Ajax is regularly the target for anti-Semitic chants because of the historical presence of a Jewish community in Amsterdam, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Rupert Murdoch’s media played a dubious role in this once again. According to the Parool report, FOX Sports TV commentator Mark van Rijswijk commented, while Utrecht supporters shouted, audible clearly, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas” that the Utrecht supporters ´really backed their team´.
Russian Premier League team Torpedo Moscow were yesterday forced to play two home games in an empty stadium after fans displayed a banner with a nazi symbol, the club’s fourth racism-related punishment this season: here.
This music video from Britain is called Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK 1976.
By poet Attila the Stockbroker in England:
Anarchy in the UK – but censorship in Gillingham
Thursday 5th March 2015
Now my autobiography is finished the gigs are beginning to start again. Today my wife and I are off to Lerwick for my first ever appearances in Shetland – hooray! Looking forward to that, and to sampling the ale from the legendary Valhalla Brewery — an extended report of proceedings will be in my next column.
And I had a brilliant show last Sunday at the Winter of Discontent punk festival in north London with Sunderland heroes and old mates Angelic Upstarts, Welsh anti-fascist legends The Oppressed and Edinburgh’s hilarious Oi Polloi.
Now a bit more from the book.
To set the scene — it’s 1997 and the crisis at my beloved Brighton & Hove Albion is at its height. Our Goldstone Ground has been sold to property speculators, we’re playing our “home” games at Gillingham, a round trip of 140 miles, and we’re second from bottom of the entire Football League.
To try and liven things up a bit, I’ve persuaded club chairman Dick Knight to let me be PA announcer and DJ, playing punk, reggae and ska. It’s Boxing Day 1997, at home to Colchester. A noon kick-off.
We’d obviously had to set off really early to get to Gillingham in time for the game and everyone was a bit bleary-eyed. So, for the first time, I decided to play Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols. It had been on for about a minute when a policeman burst into the box.
“Take that off! Take that off! Now!”
“Why?’”I asked. But I could see that he was really angry. So I did, and put the Clash on instead.
This music video from England is called The Clash – Janie Jones (live at the Belle Vue, Manchester, UK 15. November 1977).
“You can’t play that record at a football match. It’s banned. It’s on THE LIST!”
“What list?” I asked. “No-one has ever told me there was a list of records I couldn’t play!”
“Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it!’ he shouted. “It’s obvious!”
I stood there, the Clash playing in the background, perplexed. It evidently wasn’t “obvious” to me and the fact that he needed to explain further made him even more angry. “It incites violence in the crowd!” he exclaimed.
I thought for a few seconds. “Well, officer,” I said. “I bought two copies of Anarchy in the UK in the black sleeve on EMI Records on the day that it came out in 1976. I have played it and heard it many, many times since and not once has doing so given me violent thoughts of any kind whatsoever.
“I have also been to all 92 Football League grounds and every time I have heard In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins I have had to restrain myself from committing serious acts of criminal damage!”
He didn’t get the joke and, a couple of days later, Brighton & Hove Albion FC received a formal letter from Kent Police banning me from doing the PA at Gillingham any longer.
Dick Knight phoned me up. “I’m not having that, John!” He spoke to them and the ban was rescinded, on condition that I didn’t play Anarchy in the UK again. So I didn’t.
I did play Smash it Up by the Damned and I Fought the Law and White Riot by the Clash in the next couple of weeks though. No policeman appeared in the box. Obviously those three weren’t on THE LIST.
This music video is called The Clash – I Fought The Law (Live at The London Lyceum Theatre – 1979).
This music video is called The Clash – White Riot.