Russian Officials Dispute Report on Labor Abuses at 2018 World Cup Sites


Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s general secretary, and Vitaly Mutko, chairman of the 2018 World Cup’s local organizing committee, spoke at a news conference on Friday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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MOSCOW — Russian officials in charge of the 2018 World Cup and a FIFA representative pushed back on Friday against a report by Human Rights Watch that described perilous labor conditions for the construction workers building stadiums for next summer’s soccer tournament.

Aleksei Sorokin, chief executive of the tournament’s local organizing committee, said that all stadium construction sites had been inspected regularly and that there were no signs of labor abuses.

“First of all, the organizing committee, together with FIFA, was involved…

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