Liverpool reject five-star hotel in Qatar hotel ahead of FIFA Club World Cup due to human rights concerns

Liverpool have rejected a five-star hotel in Doha, Qatar, after discovering a number of human rights issues surrounding the spot.

The Reds will go to the Middle East in December for the Club World Cup, a competition they qualified for after winning the Champions League in June.

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Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid
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They were offered the Marsa Malaz Kempinski, a palatial luxury hotel on the artificial island of Pearl-Qatar but turned down the option to stay there due to its dubious past, according to The Athletic.

In October 2018, an investigation by the Guardian revealed that migrant workers employed by the Marsa Malaz Kempinski hotel were earning salaries below that of the minimum wage and were in breach of labour laws.

The investigation also revealed security guards were working 12-hour shifts in 45C temperatures, earning little more that £8 a day.

The Athletic also claims Liverpool have now “informed FIFA and Qatari authorities of their decision and have relocated to a hotel on the mainland that did not generate any such worries.”

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Liverpool will not be staying at the luxury complex on this island
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Liverpool’s decision to find alternative accommodation themselves is likely to increase the scrutiny on Qatar amid long-standing allegations of migrant worker abuse.

It is understood that FIFA and the Qatari authorities have been responsive to all of the club’s requests so far.

In Qatar, a large majority of the tourism and leisure sector falls outside of the control of the authorities, with many hotels being run by global corporations including the Kempinski.

The country face frequent accusations over the use of slave labour as they prepare to host the 2022 World Cup.

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Liverpool will play their first Club World Cup fixture at the semi-final stage on December 18 at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan and will learn their opponents once the play-off and quarter-final stages have concluded.

The third place match and final itself will take place on Saturday December 21.

Their involvement in the tournament has led to Liverpool’s Premier League match at West Ham, originally scheduled for December 21, to be re-arranged for February 22.

Liverpool’s status in the Carabao Cup is also under threat despite beating Arsenal in the last-16 last week, with Klopp claiming they could withdraw from the competition if a new date for their tie at Aston Villa that suits them is not found.

The tie at Villa Park was due to take place on either December 17 or 18.


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