Usually, questions like that refer to his opinion about a refereeing decision, but this week English football icon and BBC voice of football Gary Lineker has called on twitter for a FIFA enquiry into the way Qatar is holding footballer Zahir Belounis in the country against his will under the infamous kafala labour system that also affects tens of thousands of migrant construction workers, some of them building the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.
And the answer, as so often, is that Gary Lineker is right. FIFA must hold an enquiry into the decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in a country that enslaves footballers and builders alike. A ten-day UN mission to Qatar has recommended the Qataris adopt the right to form and join trade unions, proper grievance procedures, a minimum wage and the abolishment of the kafala system. As the ITUC #rerunthevote campaign demands, unless Qatar abides by ILO labour standards – including outlawing forced labour – it must have the World Cup stripped from it.