Dear Coca-Cola Company,
I am shocked by reports that former Asian Football Confederation President Mohamed bin Hammam bribed football officials in order to secure the 2022 World Cup bid for Qatar. Even more so, I am horrified by reports that hundreds of migrant workers, preparing for the 2022 World Cup, are dying in Qatar due to sub-standard working and living conditions. If the World Cup goes on as planned in Qatar in 2022, the International Trade Union Confederation estimates that 4000 migrant workers will lose their lives in the process.
As a football fan, I do not want human rights violations and corruption to turn The Beautiful Game into The Ugly Game. And as a human, I do not want to see my fellow human beings treated in such a degrading manner. I urge you to stop your partnership with FIFA and the World Cup. As a company that prides itself on upholding human rights, mentioned on your website, it would be hypocritical and contradictory to your mission to continue your partnership with FIFA through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
If nothing else, I hope your company, FIFA, as well as the Qatar World Cup Committee will work on improving working conditions for migrant workers in
Qatar. I also hope your company will strongly encourage FIFA and the Qatar World Cup Committee to be more transparent in their actions.
I trust that you will help bring about the most just end to this situation.
Football Fan and Human Being