Doha (dpa) – Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sees positive changes in Qatar as the German Bundesliga champions begin a week-long training camp in the 2022 World Cup host country. Rummenigge told the Munich dailies tz and Abendzeitung that, according to the UN Human Rights Council, international trade unions and non-government organizations, Qatar has responded to public criticism on human rights issues and implemented changes. Bayern left Friday for Doha’s Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in the ninth consecutive year they have visited Qatar for their winter training base.
Rummenigge said there had been a “positive development of the legal situation for migrant workers and improvements in labour rights in Qatar,” which had been criticized over working conditions on World Cup construction sites. “FC Bayern is one of many medium-sized German companies that cooperate with a partner from Doha,” he said. “Like other football clubs and sports associations, we are involved in a dialogue in the Gulf region. “We are in regular dialogue with our partners in Qatar about developments in our societies, which includes the issue of human rights and the rights of workers and workers.”