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FIFA indictments: What about the deaths in Qatar?

FIFA indictments: What about the deaths in Qatar?
U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch enters a packed news conference at the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Eastern District of New York following the early morning arrest of world soccer figures on May 27. (Spencer Platt/ Getty Images)

To the editor: The corruption inquiry into soccer-governing body FIFA is long overdue, but the probe and your coverage fail to mention the most crucial aspect of the corruption: the deaths of 1,200 guest construction workers in Qatar who are slaving to build the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, according to the International Trade Union Confederation. ("'World Cup of fraud' rocks FIFA, soccer's top body," May 27)

If the present rates of mortality continue, and there is no reason to believe they will not, 4,000 workers will have died before the stadiums are complete, the confederation estimates.

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The true cost of the corruption is immeasurable. The United States Soccer Federation and the Union of European Football Assns. should withdraw from the 2022 World Cup and stage their own tournament in the U.S.

Christopher Hane, Irvine

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