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Migrant worker dies after fall at Lusail Stadium in Qatar

A security guard died after suffering a fall at a World Cup stadium in Qatar, tournament organisers have confirmed.

The Supreme Committee said that John Njau Kibue fell at Lusail Stadium.

He was taken to the hospital and put in intensive care but later died, the organisers said in a statement.

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The security staff at stadiums is largely made up of migrant workers, particularly from Kenya and other African nations. The Supreme Committee did not specify Kibue’s nationality.

His family was informed and the organisers “are investigating the circumstances leading to the fall as a matter of urgency”, the committee said.

There was no match at Lusail Stadium at the time. The venue will host the final on Monday (AEDT) between Argentina and France.

Since being named as host of this year’s World Cup, Qatar has come under intense scrutiny over conditions for more than two million migrants who work in the country in everything from construction jobs to service industries.

Rights groups say workers face unsafe conditions at work, including extreme heat that has caused deaths, as well as exploitation by employers, despite reforms instituted by Qatar.

Qatari officials say stronger regulations over work conditions have been imposed under the reforms.

They say three workers died in workplace accidents connected to the construction of new stadiums for the World Cup over the past decade, along with 37 other stadium workers who died outside the workplace during that time.

They argue that accident rates at the stadiums are comparable to others around the world.

Last week, FIFA confirmed the death of another migrant worker at the resort used by Saudi Arabia during the group stages.

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