Blatter urged to help unpaid player stuck in Qatar

The Associated Press
Blatter urged to help unpaid player stuck in Qatar
Blatter urged to help unpaid player stuck in Qatar

HOOFDDORP, Netherlands (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been urged to help resolve a contractual dispute in Qatar involving a player who says he hadn't been paid by his club in two years.

Zahir Belounis, who plays for Qatari side Al-Jaish, has been denied the chance to leave the country because he is suing the club to recover his salary.

FIFPro, the international union for soccer players, says Al-Jaish stopped paying Belounis after it exceeded its quota of foreign players.

The case has highlighted the ''kafala'' employment system in Qatar, which stops workers from leaving without written permission from employers. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.

FIFPro says secretary general Theo van Seggelen wrote asking for Blatter's ''urgent intervention'' with Qatari officials on behalf of Belounis.

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