Soccer-England's FA calls for Qatar's migrant workers to be compensated

(Reuters) - England's Football Association (FA) said on Wednesday families of migrant workers in Qatar who were injured or killed while constructing the infrastructure for

this year's World Cup should be compensated. Qatar has faced intense criticism from human rights groups over its treatment of migrant workers, who along with other

foreigners comprise the bulk of the country's population. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and FairSquare said on Tuesday FIFA's partners and World Cup sponsors

must urge world soccer's governing body and the Qatari government to compensate migrant workers. In May, Amnesty and other rights groups had called on FIFA to set aside

$440 million for compensation for human rights abuses. "We continue to push for the principle of compensation for the families of migrant workers who have lost their

lives or have been injured in construction projects," FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said in a statement. "Again, we are pushing FIFA for an update on the

compensation fund which has been consistently referenced as a safety net where workers and their families have been unable to secure compensation from the construction

companies." The government of Qatar has said that its labour system is still a work in progress, but denied a 2021 Amnesty report that thousands of migrant workers were

still being exploited. Bullingham said the FA was also lobbying FIFA for an update on new labour protection laws in the Gulf state and the introduction of a centre to

provide advice and help for migrant workers.