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Belounis tackles former Qatar club in court

Belounis tackles former Qatar club in court
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Zahir Belounis, the French footballer who was allegedly stranded in Qatar for 17 months, is launching legal action against his former employers

He returned home last week but had to drop his case in the Gulf country in order to receive an exit visa.

Belounis joined Qatari side Al-Jaish in 2007 and claims he was prevented from leaving after taking the club to court over unpaid wages.

Now the 33-year-old believes he can not let the matter lie: “My fight is not against Qatar, it’s against my club. But, of course we have to talk about the system, and the system killed me, destroyed me. I will not defend the system of course, of course not,” said Belounis.

“I’m still, like, I don’t believe I’m in France. Everyday I feel better, but I think I need time to be 100%,” he added.

His situation has fuelled further criticism towards a country already under fire over the fate of workers building 2022 World Cup venues.