Qatar World Cup approaches surrounded by controversy

2022 is going to completely paralyze the world of sports with the World Cup to be held in Qatar. This year it will be somewhat different as it will not be held in summer, as usual, but will be played between November and December. The reason for the change of date is since the venue of the event is Qatar, and the temperatures in the country in summer are so high that sporting events cannot be held there. This has been one of the causes that has generated controversy, but it has not been the only one.

In addition to the debate caused by the dates, conflict was also generated when FIFA announced the venue in 2010 because Qatar had never qualified for a World Cup. There was speculation about bribes to committee members, but after an investigation the case was dismissed. Another controversy arose with stadium workers. For several months there were several news reports announcing the death of several workers due to the long hours they were made to work. For this reason, several federations have complained, such as the Norwegian federation, which during the qualifying matches wore T-shirts with the slogan «Human rights on and off the pitch». The Danish federation announced that they would wear T-shirts with human rights messages during the World Cup.

It should also be noted that Qatar is a country where women’s rights, as well as those of the LGTBI collective, are quite backward. This has also created a dispute as there will be many fans who will consider whether to go to cheer for their national team in a country where they may not be entirely welcome.

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