Australian players call out Qatar's human rights record

STORY: Qatar, the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup, has come under intense international pressure for its treatment of foreign workers and restrictive social laws.

The video, featuring several players delivering a message line by line, cited harm to Qatar's more than 1.6 million migrant workers and the status of same-sex relationships, which are illegal in the conservative gulf state.

Qatari ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday (October 25) said while some criticism was constructive, it also included fabrications and double standards.

The Socceroos acknowledged reforms to date but called for more including a migrant resource centre, remedy for those denied rights and decriminalisation of all same-sex relationships.