Zahir Belounis, an Algerian striker who plays for Qatar, has threatened to go on hunger strike after claiming he has not been paid his wages for two years, according to CNN.
The professional footballer, who is barred from leaving the country, told CNN that although his contract with club el-Jaish will last until 2015, he had been frequently threatened by the club and was not happy with the manner in which he is treated.
“I will stop food, a hunger strike, I want to do that, it’s going to start next week. They treat me like a dog but I will fight. I will die here in Qatar,” he said.
The 33-year-old striker, who previously played in the lower leagues of the French football pyramid, said that he had been frozen out at the club and was moved to other teams against his will.
“I will stop the food and sit there [in front of the Qatar Football Association office] and bring some documents until some important people listen to me. I have enough evidence. I don’t speak badly about Qatar. But there are people here who are not honest. I have two daughters to take care of, no one cares that I have been without a salary for 23 months,” Belounis said.
Qatar is due to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup, the country has previously been criticized over its labor laws.