27 Nov 2013

FIFPRO enters player row

7:43 am on 27 November 2013

World football's Players Union FIFPro is sending a delegation to Qatar to meet the French player Zahir Belounis, who claims he has been prevented from leaving the country after falling into a dispute with the club.

FIFPro says Belounis is stranded in Qatar with his wife and two daughters, and being denied an exit visa until he agrees to drop a legal case against his former club, over a claim for almost two years of unpaid wages.

The game's governing body FIFA says it can't intervene in the case, which is the latest controversy involving the 2022 World Cup hosts, following an outcry over the treatment of migrant workers in the country's construction industry.