Russia, FIFA reach last-gasp TV deal for Confederations Cup

Russia, FIFA reach last-gasp TV deal for Confederations Cup

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

This tenth edition promises to be a great show as the tournament serves as a dress rehearsal for the host country of the 2018 World Cup.

The New York-based group accused world football governing body FIFA of failing to effectively monitor labour conditions ahead of the Confederations Cup starting June 17 and the World Cup that kicks off in a year's time. The final is also scheduled to take place in St Petersburg on July 2.

Included in a range of planned activities are a match between German and Russian amateur teams, a match forming part of the World Blind Football Championship and a junior worldwide.

The 17 deaths at World Cup construction sites were documented by Building and Wood Workers' International, a global trade union based in Switzerland. Workers at four stadiums organized strikes to protest labor practices, according to the report. However, during the tournament, the stadium will be referred to as the St. Petersburg Stadium.

Workers interviewed by Human Rights Watch consistently said that they were afraid to speak out about abuses, fearing reprisals from their employers.

Russia's World Cup organizing committee did not immediately comment on the HRW report. Police and a man in street clothes who appeared to be a security service agent addressed the researcher by name, suggesting that officials were surveilling him. They questioned the researcher for more than three hours, threatened him and eventually released him without charge.

The measure is part of Fifa's "three-step procedure", which gives officials the power to stop, suspend and then call off fixtures over fan behaviour.

"They pay whenever they want, however they want", one worker from Kyrgyzstan, identified only as Alibek, said in the report. The workers did not indicate who ordered the migrant workers to remain there. The second semifinal will be played at Fisht Stadium on June 29. "Transparency is the key to any serious human rights protection".

"Together, we will share unforgettable football moments and the special atmosphere in the stadiums with millions of fans across Russian Federation in the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup".

"The number of issues found by the experts has been reduced by 72 per cent since the start of the monitoring system in April 2016". Plans for the stadium began in 2005 and it was scheduled to be completed in 2008.

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