Date: 4th June 2015
Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock has sent a message of support to the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) ahead of what the group describes as “dignified and responsible protests” planned for the controversial Scotland v Qatar international challenge match tomorrow night.
The new Member of Parliament, whose constituency include the catchment area for the Easter Road stadium, says: “As Scotland gets ready to line up against Qatar in a friendly, I have real concerns about the appalling conditions facing workers preparing for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“Hundreds of workers have died already and there’s still a long way to go yet. Scotland’s supporters will be using Friday’s game to highlight their concerns about this and they have my full backing. Their voices need to be heard and responded to by the football authorities and by government.”
The SFSA is working with the Scottish TUC and the Playfair Qatar campaign to ensure that the government and the football authorities get a clear message that football fans want action to stop the deaths and abuse of rights in Qatar.
“To date 1,400 workers have died in Qatar since it was give the 2022 hosting rights. Many more have been injured and at the current rate 4,000 may die before the World Cup begins. That is absolutely unacceptable, and many Scottish fans will be making their rejection of this abuse of the game clear on Friday,” said Scottish Football Supporters Association spokesperson Simon Barrow.
“We are delighted to have the support of local MPs, the First Minister and many thousands of ordinary people in speaking out against exploitation in football,” he added.
The Scottish Football Supporters Association was launched in April 2015 and is drawing together the widest and most representative cross section of supporters and fans’ groups Scotland has ever seen. It has received the backing of former Scotland captain Gary McAllister and former First Minister Henry McLeish.
FURTHER COMMENT & INFORMATION:
1. Contact: Simon Barrow, Scottish Football Supporters’ Association: 07850 120413. firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Supporters will hand out leaflets to other fans at the West Stand of the Easter Road Stadium at 7pm before the Scotland v Qatar game.
3. There will be campaign photos and interviews at 5pm at the Leith Dockers Club, 17 Academy Street EH6 7EE, after leafleting of the local area from 4pm.
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