A Swiss court has rejected a lawsuit against FIFA brought by trade unions which claimed it was complicit in the mistreatment oimgrant workers employed on infrastructure and stadia projects for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA said in a statement it welcomed the decision by the Commercial Court of Zurich in the case which concerned its “alleged wrongful conduct and liability for human rights violations.”
The suit was filed by Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress, backed by the Dutch union FNV, on behalf of a Bangladeshi man who says he was exploited in Qatar.
Under Qatar’s “kafala” system, foreign workers must get their employer’s consent to change jobs or leave the country.
The Qatar government passed a new law last month and said the reforms would make it easier for migrant workers to change jobs and leave the country.
FIFA said it took working conditions in Qatar “very seriously.”