Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By RICHARD WHEELER news@sun­

MONEY ear­marked for UK firms help­ing to build World Cup 2022 venues is be­ing si­phoned off to ISIS, MPs were told yes­ter­day.

Brit com­pa­nies awarded con­tracts for the project in Qatar are be­ing short-changed while some of the un­paid cash has ended up in the hands of the Is­lamic ex­trem­ists in Syria, claims Steve Rotheram.

The Labour MP for Liver­pool Walton called on min­is­ters to ex­am­ine the al­le­ga­tions.


Speak­ing dur­ing For­eign Of­fice ques­tion time Mr Rotheram told Mid­dle East Min­is­ter To­bias Ell­wood: “There are ac­cu­sa­tions that some UK com­pa­nies are be­ing short-changed on con­tracts as­so­ci­ated with the con­struc­tion of World Cup venues in Qatar and even claims that some monies un­paid are be­ing si­phoned off to Syria and into the hands of ISIS. Can you look ur­gently to th­ese al­le­ga­tions, and can you of­fer support to UK firms re­gard­ing their re­im­burse­ment by the Qatari roy­alty, gov­ern­ment or busi­nesses?”

Mr Ell­wood replied: “I was in Doha last week and I raised this very is­sue. “They do what is called a kafala sys­tem, which you may be aware of. It is be­ing re­placed to give greater rights to mi­grant work­ers – there are 1.3 mil­lion in Qatar – but also giv­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the em­ploy­ers as well to make sure they look after th­ese. “It is some­thing that will be raised this week when the Emir of Qatar vis­its this coun­try.”

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