Every problem with Qatar 2022 - Unified Sports

Every problem with Qatar 2022

It is no open secret that this World Cup has had it’s fair share of controversies, but as we get closer to its opening day, the more the nation and FIFA are exposed for an array of reasons. Let’s dive into this cesspool of corruption, fixture congestion and poor working conditions.

In this post, you’ll Read about the problem with Qatar 2022
Corruption
Winter world cup and Climate
Injuries to players
Migrant workers and stadiums
Social concerns
Environmental concerns
Paid Fans

Corruption

Countries have been throwing allegations at Qatar for buying votes to gain support for their bid to host the World Cup. All of this was just speculation until the ex-president of FIFA, who awarded Qatar the World Cup, openly admitted that it was a mistake to select Qatar 2022 as hosts for the World Cup. Blatter himself lost his post as president for corruption scandals, and when you look back at it all, corruption and the Qatar 2022 world cup can be presumed to be linked.

Qatar 2022

Winter world cup and Climate

This is the first time in history that a world cup is being played during the winter months due to the extreme weather conditions in Qatar during the summer, making it impossible for players to play in the scorching heat. Due to this, the World Cup is being played in between football seasons around the world, where there is only a week’s break before and after the World Cup. This has caused minimal rest days for players and no time to prepare for the tournament. This has also made the World Cup a very short tournament in terms of days, with teams like Portugal getting only 7 rest days between their first game and the final.

Injuries to players

The winter World Cup has forced domestic leagues to have extremely congested fixtures, leading to players playing games every few days. Starting the season early has reduced the rest time for players between seasons as well. A lot of players whom the world wants to see will miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the tournament of their dreams. Loads of teams are affected by these absentee players, which will change the outcome of the World Cup for them. Some notable players who will miss the World Cup are Mane, Jota, Reus, Reece, Chilwell, Kante, Pogba, Werner, Nkunku, and Kimpembe.

Migrant workers and stadiums

Qatar 2022, being traditionally a non-football-playing nation, lacked the infrastructure to host a world cup. This led them to hire migrant workers, who served as cheap labor to construct the stadiums. Most of these workers were from South Asian and Southeast Asian countries. The conditions of stay and work have been very questionable, with many workers dying during the construction of the stadiums, with the deaths being underreported. Some reports say as many as 6,500 workers have died during the construction of the stadiums. The workers reported that they were giving very poor accommodations and were underpaid or not paid in full. The workers submitted their passports before starting their work and are alleged to have been exploited until they completed their work to receive their passports. Further allegations were made that the workers had to sign false statements to say that they had been paid in full to retrieve their passports. This led to outcries around the world, calling it slavery and asking for a call to action to boycott the World Cup. On November 5, 2022, Gianni Infantino and Fatma Samoura sent out a letter to all participating nations, telling them to cease and avoid any further or current discussion of Qatar’s poor human rights records, to “respect all opinions and beliefs without handing out moral lessons to the rest of the world” and to “focus on the football” so as to “not allow football to be dragged into every ideological or political battle that exists”. 

On September 28, 2022, Danish sportswear company Hummel unveiled Denmark’s “toned down” kits for the tournament in protest of Qatar’s human rights record. One of these kits includes a black alternate kit that represents “the colour of mourning”, which references the dispute between Hummel and World Cup organisers in Qatar in which Hummel claimed that thousands of migrant workers died during the construction of the venues

Qatar 2022

Social concerns

Qatar has very stringent policies on lgbtq, drinking, and clothing. Anyone engaging in sexual activity in the LGBTQ community could be detained and jailed. Captains have been advised not to wear rainbow armbands. Anyone wearing ‘indecent clothing’ or seen taking off their shirts could be detained and sent back to their countries.Drinking will be restricted to only drinking zones, with alcohol being expensive in these zones. Any form of public drinking will be deemed illegal. This has again led to fans asking to cancel the World Cup.

Environmental concerns

There are growing concerns about high carbon emissions due to all the stadiums being air-conditioned. Even though they are all fitted with solar panels, energy waste and carbon emissions will be through the roof.By some estimates, the World Cup is going to cost Qatar in 2022 approximately £138 billion (US$220 billion). This is about 60 times the $3.5 billion that South Africa spent on the 2010 World Cup.

Qatar 2022 has been accused of having paid fans to pretend to be supporters from different countries. This has been looked at as a PR stunt to make it seem like the World Cup is in full flow.

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