The Daily Mail report that over 200 Indian catering workers who had been hired for the World Cup’s opening game between Qatar and Ecuador were left stranded outside the Al Bayt Stadium for six hours without any food or water this afternoon.
The outlet spoke to several of the workers, who have been recruited as cashiers by the catering company Qatar Star Services. The group of 205 men and seven women were collected from their accommodation at 9am this morning and dropped off the 60,000 stadium north of Doha at 10am, but were not admitted to the ground until 4pm.
All of the workers are on a month-long contract with Qatar Star Services, which requires them to work everyday – accommodation as well as one meal per day is provided in addition to wages.
An additional group of 20 female Philippines-originating workers who had been recruited to sell merchandise in the stadium were similarly left outside without food or water, for a maximum of three hours.