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29 December 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Cardinal calls for boycott of Qatar World Cup

A German cardinal who is an avid football supporter has called for the 2022 World Cup to be withdrawn from Qatar over its treatment of migrant workers, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.If the World Cup is still held there, football fans should boycott it, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki told the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung shortly before Christmas. Qatar is enticing migrant workers to come to Qatar with false promises, exploiting them and treating them “like animals”, Cardinal Woelki alleged. He could not understand how it had been possible to choose Qatar in the first place as its reputation for exploiting migrant workers was no secret, he said. “On arrival, migrants have their passports taken away and are humiliated and dehumanised,” said Woelki. There had,


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