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British coroner blames 'dangerous' Qatar World Cup site conditions for death

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar.

A British coroner has blamed dangerous working practices for the death of a worker on a 2022 World Cup stadium building site in Qatar.

An inquest heard that Zachary Cox fell nearly 40 metres in January 2017 when a faulty hoist he was using to put a suspended walkway in place broke at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.

The 40-year-old Cox's safety harness snapped under the weight. He fell head first, sustaining brain injuries and a broken neck. Cox was born in South Africa but later lived in England.

Coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley told Brighton and Hove Coroner's Court that site managers "knew or should have known that they were effectively requiring a group of their workers to rely on potentially lethal equipment."

Hamilton-Deeley described a new system of hoists introduced to speed up construction as "downright dangerous."

The stadium contractor is Midmac-Six Construct, a venture between Belgian and Qatari firms.

World Cup organisers in Doha say four people employed on the project were removed from their jobs and banned from future tournament work.

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