Qatar is embroiled in yet another controversy before the FIFA World Cup has even started after a video sweeping the internet has shown the lacklustre accommodation provided in the fan village.
The Gulf nation has been criticised for its controversial human rights record in the build-up to the biggest sporting event in the world, but has attempted to downplay the criticism and focus on the showpiece.
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Qatar is still expecting more than 130,000 people to visit during the Middle East's first ever World Cup and celebrate the occasion.
In a race against the clock to get ready, portable rooms made from shipping containers are expected to host as many as 60,000 fans with reporters getting an inside look at the Al-Emadi fan village.
While the accommodation initially raised eyebrows, due to the price tag of $306-a-night, many had accepted what they had perceived to be their rooms.
However, a video circulating the internet has seen the rooms in the FIFA World Cup village compared to the infamous Fyre Festival.
The video allegedly shows the containers with a sheet at the entrance.
Upon entering there is nothing but two single beds separated by a small table.
Fan rooms in Qatar for the World Cup fans 🥴
Fyre Festival much?
— OutKick (@Outkick) November 15, 2022
A hanging light illuminates the room.
Considering one of these tents are set to cost fans $306-a-night, it immediately drew comparisons to the infamous Fyre Festival drama.
— Barry McCaffeine 🖖 (@goodjolt) November 15, 2022
Fyre festival has moved to Qatar this year!!! https://t.co/UPOXH3tAB0
— King Petty (@kingabe87) November 15, 2022
Lolling at the state of fans' accommodation in Qatar. These rooms cost $200 a night and there was $300bn spent on the world cup, none of it on solid walls. https://t.co/3kYT9BNI6M
— Leo Kearse - comedian - see my videos on YouTube (@LeoKearse) November 15, 2022
Qatar World Cup is a mess. Accommodation like this and paying people to act as fans 😂 https://t.co/FNINizYfx7
— Guy Wilson (@G_Wilson20) November 15, 2022
Major Fyre Festival vibes emanating from Qatar. Yet another reason Qatar had no business "winning" (or buying) the rights to the World Cup-- the critical fan infrastructure was hastily cobbled together and looks like something out of an amateur horror film. #Qatar2022 https://t.co/OThXC84CSB
— Paul Dawkins (@Paul__Dawkins) November 16, 2022
While this video has been circulating, there is no confirmation on whether these tents are the final product.
The Associated Press said the Al-Emadi site spanned over 3.1 square kilometres, with a temporary convenience store and restaurant also planned - however though the village has purpose built transport thanks to a metro station and bus stop, fans still face travel times of at least 40 minutes to reach various stadiums.
The accommodation debacle is the latest drama to hit Qatar after they were accused of hiring 'fake' fans to build atmosphere.
With videos of fans supporting different nations appearing on social media, plenty of criticism has been swirling that the host nation paid them to wear a jersey and support a country.
However, some reports suggest the fans are indeed, not fake.
Huge number of Indian ex-pats outside the England hotel, awaiting the team’s arrival in Qatar. Spoke to a few of them, and they insist they are not fake fans. Also have shown us murals of England players they have drawn back in Kerala pic.twitter.com/YlQQMOnPad
— Sean Ingle (@seaningle) November 15, 2022
Former FIFA president hits out at Qatar World Cup
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hit out at the Qatar World Cup only days before it starts.
Qatar scored hosting rights for the football showpiece after a 2010 vote that went ahead 14-8 in favour of the Middle East nation over the United States - with Blatter's role coming under scrutiny in the years that have followed.
The hosting rights for the 2022 tournament have long been subject to accusations of corruption, with Blatter forced to step down from FIFA in 2015 over a payment of two million Swiss francs to then-UEFA president Michael Platini in the lead-up to the vote.
Violations of FIFA's code of ethics later saw Blatter banned from football until 2028, while both men were found not guilty of fraud in a Swiss court.
However, the former FIFA president has weighed-in on the drama and in an interview last week, Blatter argued Qatar was 'too small' to host the FIFA World Cup, being the smallest nation to do so since Switzerland in 1954.
“It’s a country that’s too small. Football and the World Cup are too big for that. It was a bad choice. And I was responsible for that as president at the time," Blatter said.
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