In the protest, at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona, the cabin crew were masked and gagged because QR staff are denied the right to join a union and could face punishment if they speak publicly about their treatment.
The protesters asked club members – socios – to uphold the club’s ideals of social responsibility and fairness, and reject closer ties to QR.
Nuria Belenguer, from the SMC-UGT union, was at the protest: "For SMC-UGT it is a priority to improve the conditions of the workers at a national and international level. The working conditions and the politics of fear inflicted on cabin crew at Qatar Airways is unfair."
You can see a video interview at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya with Bety Costa Bassas, from the equality department at SMC-UGT Catalunya, here.
ITF policy coordinator, Sarah Finke, said: “FC Barcelona is, as it’s members, players and fans proudly proclaim, ‘More than a club’. It’s a way of life, with a strong social ethos. Barça’s mission isn’t just world-class football, it’s to keep fairness and justice in its heart and soul. We believe that is incompatible with accepting sponsorship from Qatar Airways.”