Liverpool has rejected the luxury accommodation they were allocated in Qatar for next month’s Club World Cup.
The Reds were offered the MarsaMalazKempinski hotel, a five-star establishment built on the artificial island of Pearl-Qatar.
But they have turned it down over fears the business has breached human rights of its employees in the past.
They were offered the MarsaMalazKempinski, 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 MarsaMalazKempinski hotel were earning salaries below that of the minimum wage and were in breach of labor laws.
Per the Daily Mail, security guards at the property we’re working 12-hour shifts in 45-degree temperatures while earning little more than £8 a day.
There were also claims that staff had been working three or four months without a day off and were being handed significant fines for sleeping on the job.
Liverpool has now chosen to move to alternative accommodation on the mainland and has already made their decision clear to both FIFA and the local authorities.
Although both bodies been responsive to the club’s requests, this move will no doubt increase scrutiny on Qatar amid the long-standing allegations of migrant worker abuse.
Selecting a new hotel isn’t the only headache that playing in the Club World Cup has caused Liverpool.
The Premier League side is scheduled to play their first fixture on December 18, entering the semi-finals of the competition.
They were due to play the quarter-finals of the League Cup just 24 hours before, although that game will now need to be re-arranged.
Regardless of whether the Reds win their semi-final in Qatar, they will play again on December 21 in either the third-placed playoff or the final of the Club World Cup.
Then, five days later, they play Leicester in a Boxing Day Premier League fixture.
Between December 4 and January 4, Liverpool is set to play a total of 11 matches, which seems almost impossible to do.
A solution needs to be found – and quickly.
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