After simply two video games, and £200 billion spent on internet hosting the match, Qatar look to be out of the 2022 World Cup, as they did not beat Senegal at present.
Following defeat to Ecuador on Sunday, and a 3-1 loss to Senegal at present, the host nation is all however out, barring any fluke outcomes.
A sense of humiliation should now be creeping in for Qatari officers with their nation having hosted, by far, the costliest sporting match in historical past. The small Center Jap nation is estimated to have spent round £200 billion to host the 2022 World Cup.
Aside from the host crew’s efficiency on the pitch, Qatar hasn’t precisely lined itself in glory off the pitch, with criticism over its staging of the match, the fan expertise, in addition to its historic therapy of migrant labourers and human rights file.
Qatari followers commiserate following a 3-1 loss to Senegal at present, with the host nation all however out of their very own World Cup
Devastated Qatar followers applaud their crew as they appear unlikely to make it by to the knock-outstage, pictured on the Al Thumama Stadium
Following defeat to Ecuador on Sunday, and a 3-1 loss to Senegal at present, Qatar are all however out of the World Cup, barring any fluke outcomes
In 2017, Qatar’s minister of finance mentioned the nation was spending nearly £500 million per week simply to construct the infrastructure to host the world’s largest sporting occasion.
Qatar needed to construct numerous roads, lodge lodging, and journey infrastructure in preparation for the match, in addition to eight stadiums to host the video games.
All however one of many eight stadiums have been constructed from scratch, with the rich nation having little or no soccer infrastructure earlier than it hosted the match.
Qatar has constructed colossal spaceship-like stadiums to host the World Cup. The Al Thumama stadum in Doha is pictured
Qatar has spent an estimated £200 billion to host the World Cup because it constructed stadiums just like the Al Janoub, Doha
In 2017, Qatar’s minister of finance mentioned the nation was spending nearly £500 million per week simply to construct the infrastructure. The Lusail stadium (pictured) will host the ultimate of the World Cup
However after shelling out a lot for visually spectacular stadiums, Qatar’s precise internet hosting of the match has been deemed one thing of a failure.
Many World Cup followers who’ve travelled to help their nationwide crew have been left dissatisfied by overpriced lodging. Followers have needed to pay out £185 per night for metal container box rooms. Some followers on the Fan Zone in Doha even arrived to search out staff nonetheless constructing the corrugated lodging.
There was additionally uproar as, two days earlier than the match kicked off, organisers introduced that beer could be banned from exterior the stadiums.
So as to add to the humiliating early exit and poor fan expertise, Qatar has additionally confronted critical allegations about its use of migrant labour to construct infrastructure and stadiums for the match. Employees have been paid simply pence per day to toil in sweltering temperatures that put their lives in danger.
Formally, authorities in Doha say simply three staff died constructing the stadiums – however human rights teams assume the true determine is at the very least within the lots of, if not the hundreds.
An investigation by the Mail revealed that the deaths of 2,823 working-aged foreigners have been recorded as unexplained for the reason that £6.5billion constructing blitz started in 2011, and it’s feared that the true loss of life toll for staff could exceed 6,000.
Human rights teams estimate that hundreds of migrant labourers have died constructing the stadiums. Employees on the Lusail Stadium are pictured in 2019
The small Center Jap nation has additionally come beneath criticism for it staunch conservative views, with homosexuality unlawful within the Center Jap nation.
In an try and make a stand in opposition to inequality in Qatar, and in an effort to help the LGBTQ group, a number of groups deliberate to put on the ‘OneLove’ armband. However the assertion in opposition to discrimination was quashed by FIFA and the Qatari organising committee who banned the image, threatening yellow playing cards to people who wore it.
Captains of 9 European nations, together with England’s Harry Kane, Wales’ Gareth Bale and Germany’s Manuel Neuer, have been planning to put on the One Love armbands selling inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar earlier than it was banned.
The German Soccer Affiliation (DFB) went so far as to say they have been blackmailed and threatened with elevated sanctions if gamers selected to put on the multi-coloured armband.
However extra damming for Qatar than a symbolic armband are the continual experiences that members of the LGBTQ group have had their lives threatened by the nation’s authorities.
Qatar’s defender Ismaiel Mohammed reacts after Senegal’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy makes a save throughout the Qatar 2022 World Cup group match, giving the host nation little likelihood of advancing
Human Rights Watch revealed earlier than the match began that Qatari police had arbitrarily detained and abused members of the LGBTQ group.
HRW mentioned it had ‘documented six instances of extreme and repeated beatings and 5 instances of sexual harassment in police custody between 2019 and 2022’.
The latest case was in September, the US-based rights group mentioned.
4 transgender ladies, one bisexual lady and one homosexual man all instructed how members of the inside ministry’s Preventive Safety Division detained and beat them in an underground jail in Doha.
After such a humiliating efficiency, dealing with defeat by the hands of Ecuador and Senegal, there will probably be many in Qatar questioning if the expense of internet hosting the match was even value it.