Inequality is the Undercurrent at FIFA’s World Cup –

Corruption, as rampant as it might be, is just one of the institutional failings of soccer’s global governing body. FIFA’s marked lack of accountability has also led to labor abuses on a grand scale.

The news outlet Publica exposed the exploitation of workers building the tournament infrastructure ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The employees constructing the stadiums — already controversial due to the displacement of low-income Brazilians and the destruction of the Amazon — told reporters of horrific working conditions and inhumane working hours. Workers went on strike at least 10 times to protest for their rights on the job.

Human Rights Watch released a report for the 2018 World Cup in Russia detailing their own documentation of labor abuses. The organization, using evidence from a trade union tasked with monitoring labor conditions, found that at least 17 workers had died while building stadiums for the

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