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Soccer-Rummenigge defends Bayern's Qatar training camp

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge defended his club's ties with Qatar on Friday as the squad headed for a training camp in the Gulf state for the ninth year in a row.

Bayern faced protests from their own fans at a home match last year when supporters displayed banners which read "money (over) human rights", "capital (over) morals" and "open your eyes when it comes to sponsor choice."

Qatar, which will host the 2022 World Cup, has faced several allegations of migrant worker abuse from human rights organisations including Amnesty International.

In particular, it has been criticised for the work-sponsorship system known as 'Kefala' which requires all foreign workers to obtain their employer’s consent to travel abroad.

In September, Qatar said it would end the exit permit system in move described as a "significant step" by the International Labour Organisation.

Rummenigge said Bayern were one of many German companies involved in business with Qatar, which he said had been responsive to criticism.

"Like other football clubs and sports associations, we are also engaged in a dialogue in the Gulf region," he said in an interview with the Munich-based daily Abendzeitung.

Rummenigge said Bayern had regular exchanges with their partners in Qatar "including the issue of human rights and the rights of workers."

He added: "International trade unions and NGOs have agreed that Qatar has responded to public criticism and made changes, including the positive development of the legal status of migrant workers and improvements in Qatar's labour rights."

Bayern first held their training camp in Qatar in 2011, saying at the time it had perfect conditions for a winter break.

The club subsequently strengthened its ties by signing a sponsorship deal with Doha airport and in July last year Qatar Airways became one of its partners.

Bayern are Germany's most successful soccer club and have won the Bundesliga for the last six seasons, although they went into the winter break in second place, trailing six points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. (Writing by Brian Homewood; editing by Martyn Herman and Ken Ferris)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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