Update: Carrefour denies news that it will boycott the World Cup in Qatar - Doha News

Update: Carrefour denies news that it will boycott the World Cup in Qatar – Doha News

Although the French company has announced that it will open its first branch in the illegally occupied West Bank, where Israel has been accused of practicing apartheid; The Belgian national team sponsor is reportedly not taking awarded tickets for the World Cup.

In a statement released late Friday, French multinational Carrefour responded to media reports that it was boycotting the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

“This fake news is unfounded. The Carrefour Group and its subsidiaries are not engaged in any boycott of the World Cup in Qatar. As Carrefour Qatar, we reiterate the same position with the full commitment and support of the World Cup in Qatar, as well as remain strongly committed to operating in Qatar, where we look forward to serving our valued customers and guests of the upcoming FIFA World Cup. Qatar 2022 “.

Despite the statement that the company will not boycott the World Cup, Carrefour has not denied reports that the group will not withdraw its sponsorship tickets for reasons of “human rights concerns”, as previously reported by Doha news and other media.

The statement released on Friday follows reports that the French dealer and a number of other Belgian national team sponsors have said they will boycott the World Cup in Qatar.

It is reported that Carrefour, along with ING Belgium, Cote d’Or, GLS and Jupiler will not use the awarded tickets they received as a sponsor of the Belgian national team.

All boycott companies cited alleged “human rights concerns” in the Gulf nation as the reason for their decision.

Such concerns, however, have not stopped Carrefour from operating in Qatar for over two decades during which it has opened 10 branches and currently employs more than 2,000 people.

In a statement, Jupiler said “more can be done” to support human rights in Qatar. GLS also stated that they “believe that this World Cup should not be used for commercial purposes”.

As for ING, their logo will remain on the training jerseys, boarding areas and in the background of the team’s press conferences.

Jupiler’s statement is noteworthy considering that AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, produces Jupiler and through Budweiser, sponsors the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Although the American beer company has not criticized Qatar’s human rights condition, it has previously asked FIFA to investigate corruption allegations relating to Qatar’s disputed bid for the 2022 World Cup.

Doha News has reached out to the Belgian Embassy and the Belgian Football Association for comment, but is still awaiting a response.

ING previously stated last week that it will not acquire tickets for the Dutch national team’s World Cup matches from the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and will not carry out any advertising activities during the event. ING is the main sponsor of the KNVB.

Other KNVB lenders, such as KPN, Albert Heijn, Bitvavo and the Dutch Lottery, also choose to forgo the option to join the Dutch national team in the World Cup later this year.

ING also stated that it will not use World Cup imagery in its advertising. “We are focusing on the women’s European football championship in England,” said an ING spokesperson.

Hypocrisy: Carrefour expands to Israel

Carrefour signed a memorandum of understanding to franchise the chain with Electra Consumer Products in Israel earlier this year.

The retail giant has around 13,900 stores worldwide, but none in Israel at the moment.

Their stores will replace Israeli retailers in illegal settlements such as Ariel and Maaleh Adumim, which are located within Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The supermarket chain wants to run its first franchises in occupied Palestine by the end of 2022 as part of the cooperation.

Israel has killed at least 17 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Labor reforms in Qatar

Qatar has implemented major job changes over the years, including the region’s first non-discriminatory minimum wage in 2021.

Under the new rule, employers must pay room and board allowances of at least QAR 300 and QAR 500, respectively, as well as a minimum monthly wage of QAR 1,000. Those who break the new law face a year in prison and a fine of 10,000 QAR.

Furthermore, in 2020, the Gulf nation was the first in the region to end the infamous “Kafala” system, or sponsorship.

A new worker complaints website was introduced last year, allowing employees to report violations of public employment law.

Human rights groups, however, continue to stress the need for more action by the authorities to ensure implementation of the reformed laws.

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