Since the original selection of Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, whispers of bribery and corruption surrounded the process. Add in the reports of deaths and horrible working conditions and the calls to remove the World Cup from Qatar have grown among soccer fan bases across the country.
Now, the big boys are stepping up. Three prominent sponsors of FIFA – Visa, Sony, and Adidas – have voiced concerns within the last week over the working conditions in the middle Eastern emirate.
From the Sunday Times, regarding Adidas and Sony:
Fifa sponsor Adidas has joined Sony in voicing concerns about Qatar’s winning bid for the 2022 World Cup.
The German sportswear company announced that the “negative tenor” of claims about the bid is not good for “football nor for Fifa and its partners”.
And from the United Kingdom TV Network ITV, about Visa:
Visa said in a statement that it “does not take part in the administration of sport”, but added: “We expect Fifa will take the appropriate actions to respond to the report and its recommendations.”
“We understand Fifa is taking this matter seriously and we will continue to monitor its internal investigation.
All three companies are major advertisers for FIFA and the World Cup and certainly would have a lot of sway if they further their threats and concerns regarding the World Cup. With a couple hundred having already died during the construction of the venues for the World Cup and thousands projected, the calls to investigate not only the selection of Qatar and the current human rights issues at hand.