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

wages.

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

Al-Thani.