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BRUSSELS - Human rights will play a bigger role when future World Cup venues are chosen, a top official from football governing body Fifa said on Thursday, amid concerns over freedoms in 2022 host Qatar. 

"The World Cup award for Qatar occurred at a point in time...when human rights questions were not particularly central. In my opinion that has to change and I think FIFA will deal with this intensively after the World Cup in Brazil," Theo Zwanziger, a member of Fifa 's executive committee, said during a European Parliament hearing.

"We will have to attach a significantly greater weight to these questions and also pay heed during the call for bids and the bidding process that a World Cup can maybe truly bring about an enduring improvement in critical areas," he added.

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