Qatar has described as "exaggerated" foreign allegations of the abuse of migrants working on football World Cup construction projects in the Gulf state, while vowing to take them seriously.

“These evaluations exaggerate the allegations reported in press articles,” a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday, quoted by the official QNA news agency. After embarking on a multi-billion-dollar plan to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has come under the spotlight as migrant workers pour into the gas-rich nation. The…