15th July 2019
On 8 July 2019, Rodney Dixon QC and Juliet Wells submitted a complaint to FIFA on behalf of their client, Ali Issa Ahmad. Mr Ahmad is a British national who was assaulted and racially abused by UAE state security officials in January 2019, whilst attending the AFC Asian Cup football tournament as a fan of the Qatar national team. He was ultimately detained for a period of three weeks, during which time he was accused of being a Qatari spy and tortured.
In the complaint, Rodney and Juliet argue that FIFA and its member organisations did not have adequate human rights and safeguarding policies in place, and that they failed in their duties to protect fans such as Mr Ahmad from violence and discrimination perpetrated by the host state. Please see the link below for news coverage in English.