Stranded soccer player to sue former Qatari clubs
A soccer player who had been stranded for months in Qatar plans
to sue his two former clubs for fraud, extortion of money and
inhumane working conditions.
Zahir Belounis is a French-Algerian whose case has helped bring
to international notice the labor laws in Qatar, the 2022 World Cup
host. Under Qatar’s kafala sponsorship system, workers need
permission from their employers to leave the country.
Belounis returned to France last week after he was denied an
exit visa for months because of a legal dispute over unpaid
He and his lawyer said at a news conference Tuesday they intend
to file lawsuits against the Military Sport Association President
Gamaan Al-Hamad and Al-Jaish President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad