Coca-Cola, Visa, Adidas release statements on Qatar World Cup

The 2022 soccer tournament has been the target of a number of accusations of human rights violations. The company statements said they would not pull out as sponsors, but they did express concerns.

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It’ll be seven years before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicks off, but the event has generated quite a bit of controversy already.

For example, The Guardian reported that migrant workers tasked with building the infrastructure required for the tournament died at a rate of one every two days last year. Amnesty International released a report on worker abuses late last year. There are also reports of journalists being arrested.

That’s trouble not just for FIFA, which runs the World Cup, but the many sponsors who make the spectacle happen every four years. This week, three of the biggest sponsors—Visa, Adidas and Coca-Cola—stepped up to say something about the accusations.

Here’s Visa’s statement, released Tuesday via Tumblr:

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