Liverpool are reported to have rejected the hotel assigned to them for the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup in December, after background checks unearthed ethical concerns relating to the facility.
As Champions League winners, the Reds travel to Qatar as Europe's representatives at the annual tournament and will take on an as yet undetermined opponent in a semi-final on 18 December before either the third-placed playoff or the final three days later.
For the duration of their stay, FIFA had initially allocated them a stay at the five-star
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An investigation by The Guardian last year
Kempinski Hotels responded at the time, saying that they were 'committed to abiding by the highest ethical stand
This is believed to be just one factor among a host of details uncovered that led Liverpool to pull the plug, however, with a variety of other concerns coming to the fore.
In response to Liverpool's decision, FIFA said: “FIFA and the other tournament organisers are part of a multi-stakeholder initiative to promote workers’ rights in the Qatari hospitality sector.