A controversial world championship begins in 10 days – Philly Sports

The biggest and some would say the best sporting event in the world begins in 10 days. The Men’s World Championship is a popular spectacle around the world, but the 2022 version of the tournament is surrounded by major controversy. While it is fitting to look forward to the football tournament, this controversy must still be remembered as we near kick-off.

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19-year-old Kylian Mbappé holds the World Cup trophy after France won their second World Cup. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

The world’s most watched spectacle with a dark background

The men’s World Cup is usually a cause for celebration, but the 2022 version has a dark backdrop that overshadows the matches. This tournament is played in November and December. It is throwing the world club football fixtures upside down and that’s because it’s too hot to host a tournament in Qatar during the summer months, so FIFA simply rescheduled the matches to suit the host country.

So this tournament is happening at the wrong time of year and is wreaking havoc on world football. Add to that bribery, human rights abuses and homophobia and you have the full picture of what Qatar 2022 is like.

Bribe to get the 2022 World Cup

If you’ve never seen FIFA award a World Cup to a nation, it’s essentially like an election. Nations that want to host receive nominations and then vote to win a tournament. Qatar was particularly loose when it came to winning the 2022 Men’s World Cup.

The host country filled pockets with confederations that could help them get the nomination and then the votes. It went as far as bribing senior FIFA members. The then FIFA President Sepp Blatter was also bribed and recently admitted that the choice of Qatar was a “mistake” and a “bad choice”.

While that’s the wrong way to get a nation to host the biggest tournament on earth, it’s not the worst thing about Qatar and the 2022 Men’s World Cup.

Rampant homophobia and a lack of freedom

In Qatar, it is against the law to be in a same-sex relationship. Homophobia is widespread in Qatar, and its citizens and visitors are monitored and censored. This could pose some very big problems for the teams and fans traveling to the World Cup.

Intolerance of people’s sexual orientation and censorship encroaches on their freedoms. It makes it very difficult when people from nations that are not so intolerant come into the nation. Qatar has announced that the electronic devices of those who come to their country will be tracked. Qatar’s homophobic tendencies make it very difficult for LGBTQIA fans to enjoy the tournament. England’s Foreign Secretary James Cleverly warned ‘gay fans’ to respect host country…

It’s getting hectic out here for fans and teams to come to Qatar for this tournament. Some teams plan to make statements on the field through banners and uniforms worn at games. This is to protest Qatar’s policies as a nation and what many call gross human rights violations in order to host the World Cup.

Human rights violations to create venues

Qatar is a very small island country in the Middle East. The nation had amassed great wealth due to the wealth of oil money, and after becoming the first Middle Eastern nation to host the Men’s World Cup through bribery, they needed to build venues that could cater to the world.

Qatar used workers from poorer countries to build state-of-the-art stadiums, team facilities, spectator accommodation and subway-style public transport lines. People were lured by promises of money they could not get in their own countries; Many did this to provide for their families and lift themselves out of poverty. The problem was that these workers were not treated like human beings.

In recent years, news has circulated that the building of the men’s World Cup in Qatar was a violation of human rights. Workers were treated like slaves. Their passports were confiscated, wages were withheld, and living quarters were crowded with people and little to no running water. Many workers died due to the harsh working conditions, and unfortunately too many committed suicide to escape the slave-like situation.

All in the name of meeting the deadline for this misplaced Winter World Cup. The first match is only 10 days away and despite all this controversy, the tournament is still going on.

Nevertheless, a world championship takes place

The men’s World Cup is still being held. FIFA is used to playing this tournament in controversial environments; The last edition of this tournament was held in Russia in 2018. Players and coaches still have a shot at national glory at the biggest and best tournament in the world.

While the bad things off the pitch are overshadowed by the games and players on the pitch, we won’t ignore the atrocities that brought and built the Men’s World Cup to Qatar. In just 10 days the world will be on Qatar. Don’t ignore how this nation came to host the tournament, how they have treated the people of their nation and how they have built state-of-the-art stadiums and facilities.

We at the Philly Sports Network will be covering the nations and the games in detail, but it just didn’t feel right to just dive into this coverage without highlighting the key issues surrounding this tournament. All of these troubles stem from the fact that a corrupt collaboration has allowed a disputed nation to host the biggest tournament of the games.

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Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports


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