After receiving the World Cup bid for 2022 Qatar has been under constant scrutiny. The latest allegations of ‘slavery’ could be the worst yet as CNN exposes the story of Zahir Belounis, who claims to have been frozen out of his contract but unable to leave the country. The Labour Ministry of Qatar reportedly receives thousands of complaints each year. The Qatari Football Association refused to comment on the specifics of Belounis’ case. Qatar is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but the Kafala system, which ties employees to a specific company, is said to be abused regularly. Migrant worker rights are also a point of discussion in regards to those helping construct the stadiums, as many cite unsafe conditions. One would think this system of work would have been examined in comparing bids. A thorough reading of the CNN post is advised. After reading, does Qatar still deserve the World Cup bid?
In an awkwardly related story, Jozy Altidore joined the FIFA task force on racism and discrimination after dealing with racism this year.
In the National Woman’s Soccer League, Abby Wambach has been cleared to play in this evening’s match. She was dazed after getting struck in the head last week, but will return to Rochester in front of the home crowd. The match against Sky Blue FC begins at 7 pm ET. Meanwhile, Shannon Boxx is out four to six weeks after knee surgery. She will miss the match against Canada at the beginning of June that could provide some time for midfielders down the depth chart. For previews of this weeks NWSL matches, check out The Soccer Desk.
Here is another perspective we don’t get everyday from a young female U.S. player currently with INAC Leonessa. Beverly Goebel discusses finding consistency in her game.
The 68 team field for the U.S. Open Cup is set. Play begins on May 7th for the 100th edition of the tournament. This is the largest field which also increases the prize money. The full list of teams can be seen over at TheCup.us.
Major League Soccer referees are moving toward unionization.
Robbie Rogers might be inching ever closer to returning to soccer. He is back training with the LA Galaxy just to get in shape. The Chicago Fire own his MLS rights.