Migrant workers are still not being compensated as the FIFA World Cup comes to a close today ©Getty Images

FIFA and Qatar have still not offered a remedy fund for workers who suffered abuse during preparations for the men's World Cup, due to end today with the final between Argentina and France.

Calls have been made prior to and during the event for the parties to compensate workers, plus the families of the dead and injured labourers, who have been working on infrastructure since Qatar was awarded the World Cup in 2010.

Groups such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Equidem and FairSquare have pleaded again for the FIFA Legacy Fund to be opened up to these workers.

Current plans are for this money to go towards education for women and girls as well as a "labour excellence hub", a programme that will "share best practices in labour matters and support adherence to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights when hosting FIFA tournaments". 

However, with the final taking place today on what is International Migrants Day, there is still no fund to compensate workers.

Prior to the tournament at a European Parliament hearing, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the Qatar Labour Ministry's Workers' Support and Insurance Fund - which was established in 2020 to reimburse workers who were not paid wages by their employers - would compensate the workers appropriately.

However, compensation is capped, it can take years for individuals to be compensated and does not cover any pre-2020 incidents of wage theft.

Qatar's controversial FIFA World Cup is coming to an end today ©Getty Images
Qatar's controversial FIFA World Cup is coming to an end today ©Getty Images

Qatar also ended its kafala system last year, which has been likened by critics to modern-day slavery and it often meant workers could not change jobs or leave the country without their employer's permission. 

The final of the World Cup is taking place on Qatar's National Day as well a International Migrants Day.

"FIFA brags that this is the most successful World Cup ever, but there is no successful tournament when so many migrant workers have died utterly preventable deaths - including two workers who died during the World Cup itself," said Human Rights Watch director of global initiatives Minky Worden.

"The only way to ensure a better legacy would be to finally come through with a genuine remedy for the abuses the migrant workers who built and delivered this World Cup have suffered."

Qatari authorities long stated there had only been three deaths related to work on constructing stadiums, but campaigners have rubbished this figure and accuse of Qatar of brushing the deaths of thousands of migrants under the carpet by classing them as occurring from "natural causes".

During the World Cup, secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Hassan Al-Thawadi admitted between 400 and 500 had died on World Cup projects, although authorities later said he misspoke.

At least two more migrant workers died during the tournament - one at a stadium and one at Saudi Arabia's training base.