It’s raining criticism at the opening of the Lusail stadium which will host the final
Just over two months before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, several criticisms have been leveled this week against the country’s newest and largest stadium: the Lusail Stadium with a capacity of 80,000 spectators and whose construction cost some 767 million euros. .
The weekend hosted its first official Lusail Super Cup match between Al Hilal of the Saudi League and Zamalek of the Egyptian Premier League. After the game, the majority of comments were critical of the fans in attendance, according to Reuters and Doha News. The lack of hydration stations and restroomsbad air conditioning and long lines in public transport were the biggest problems faced by fans at the stadium where the World Cup final will be played on December 18.
Comments on the sports facility were rather negative:
“it is a disasterEslam, an Egyptian fan living in Qatar, told Reuters: “I don’t want to go to the World Cup anymore. Not if it is.”
“I had to take my young son because he was tired from walking and very dehydrated,” Mohammed told Doha News. “There was no water, the volunteers said ‘I don’t know’ every time I asked them how far we were.”
“I spent 20 minutes looking for the women’s restroom,” a fan told Doha News. “For some reason no one knew where they were. Everyone gave the wrong addresses. It was very tiring and frustrating,” added another.
A spokesperson for the Qatar 2022 organizers told Reuters the issues would be resolved before the World Cup opener and the match helped the organizers to identify any problems in advance. But even the people who worked at the stadium they didn’t know where the things were.
“Even some ambulances were circulating trying to figure out where they were supposed to be located“, an anonymous supplier told Reuters.”They gave us the wrong directions again and again and the parking passes we had were for batches that did not exist“.
Lusail is one of eight stadiums built in all of Qatar and by far the biggest. It will be venue for 10 matches throughout the World Cupstarting with Argentina v Saudi Arabia on November 22 and ending with World Cup final on December 18.
The other controversy of the World Cup in Qatar
Probably worse than the state of the stadiums is the way they were built.
Qatar is accused of exploit migrant workers from Bangladesh, India and Nepal to build stadiums for the World Cup after Amnesty International wrote that the workers were subjected to extremely precarious living conditionssalary arrears and virtual slavery during their employment. The Guardian reported in early 2021 that more than 6,500 of the 1.7 million migrant workers died in Qatar since the start of the construction of the works for the World Cupoh an average of 12 people per day, mainly from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino dismissed those claims and downplayed criticism about working conditions when asked in May at an event in California.
“Now 6,000 could have died in other works and so on,” Infantino added, “and of course, FIFA is not the police of the world nor responsible for everything that happens in the world. But thanks to FIFA, thanks to football, we were able to deal with the situation of the 1.5 million workers who work in Qatar.”
We are still two months away from the biggest event in international football. But news about the 2022 world cup they concern less the competing countries than the host country.
This article originally appeared on Yahoo Sports
Author: Tyler Greenawalt
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