Middle East

FIFA panel to monitor labor conditions at Qatar stadiums

FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. (Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP)

FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. (Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

FIFA President Gianni Infantino says a monitoring panel will oversee "decent working conditions" at construction of 2022 World Cup stadiums in Qatar.

During his first working visit to Qatar, Infantino says the FIFA-led group will include "relevant sectors of civil society and other relevant FIFA stakeholders."

Qatar is often criticized by rights groups and trade unions for alleged abuses and deaths on construction projects linked to the World Cup since it won hosting rights in 2010.

Last week, a FIFA-appointed human rights expert from Harvard University advised that tournaments should be moved from countries where abuses persisted.

Infantino says FIFA takes "our responsibility seriously and are committed to playing our part."

The FIFA president visited construction of the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha and workers' accommodation.