Posted: Thu January 30, 2014 1:17PM; Updated: Thu January 30, 2014 1:16PM

FIFA to Qatar: Give details on how worker conditions will improve

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Jerome Valcke
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke wants details from Qatar on how it will improve worker conditions for those gearing the country up for the 2022 World Cup.

ZURICH (AP) - World football's governing body has given Qatar two weeks to explain how welfare and living conditions for workers building 2022 World Cup projects are improving.

FIFA says it expects to be sent ''information on the specific steps'' that have been taken since President Sepp Blatter visited Qatar after rights groups criticized conditions for migrant workers.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke wrote on Thursday to Qatar asking for that ''detailed report on the improvement of working conditions'' by Feb. 12.

FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger is working with the International Trade Union Confederation to resolve concerns about Qatar.

And Zwanziger says ''what we need are clear rules and steps that will build trust and ensure that the situation, which is unacceptable at the moment, improves in a sustainable manner.''

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