The public has overwhelmingly backed calls for FIFA to pay to a compensation plan for migrant workers in the World Cup host nation of Qatar.
Amnesty International and other human rights advocacy organizations have urged football’s world governing body to set aside $440 million (€440 million) for the program, which is equal to the amount it plans to award in World Cup prizes.
A global poll done by YouGov and including more than 17,000 participants, commissioned by Amnesty International, found that 73% of respondents agreed that Fifa should contribute to compensating migrant workers.
The level of support is considerably greater (84%) among those who indicated they would probably watch at least one World Cup game.
67% of respondents agree that national organizations like the Football Association should speak out on Qatari-related human rights issues, including urging Fifa to back the migrant workers compensation program.
Since the Gulf state was awarded the World Cup finals back in 2010, migrant workers have been prominently involved in the construction of World Cup stadiums and other infrastructure, with Amnesty and other organizations emphasizing the human rights abuses they have experienced.
The groups have urged Fifa and the Qatari government to establish a fund that would compensate the families of migrant workers who have been murdered or wounded at work as well as recompense migrant employees for unpaid wages and for recruitment costs they were made to pay.