Two months prior to Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, issues have already emerged on the nation’s latest and largest venue.
Lusail Stadium, which has a capability of 80,000 and value a reported $767 million to construct, hosted its first fit Friday — the Lusail Super Cup between Al Hilal of the Saudi Professional League and Zamalek of the Egyptian Premier League. Once the fit ended, the stadium won a litany of deficient reviews from enthusiasts who attended, consistent with Reuters and Doha News. Lack of hydration stations and toilets, deficient air con and lengthy public transportation strains were the largest problems enthusiasts had with the stadium the place the World Cup ultimate can be performed on Dec. 18.
Fan accounts from the fit were slightly adverse:
“This is such a mess,” Eslam, an Egyptian fan who lives in Qatar, advised Reuters. “I don’t want to go to the World Cup anymore. Not if it’s like this.”
“I had to carry my young son because he was tired from walking and was so dehydrated,” Mohammed told Doha News. “There was no water at all, the volunteers kept saying ‘I don’t know’ every time I asked how far we have left.”
“I spent 20 minutes looking for the female bathroom,” one fan told Doha News. “For some reason, no one knew where it was. Everyone gave the wrong directions. It was so tiring and frustrating,” every other one added.
A spokesperson for Qatar advised Reuters that the problems can be resolved prior to the opening fit of the World Cup and that the fit helped organizers determine all the issues early. But even those who labored at the stadium were undecided of the place issues were positioned.
“Even some ambulances were riding round attempting to determine the place they were intended to be situated,” one anonymous supplier told Reuters. “We were given the fallacious instructions over and over and the parking passes we had were for a lot that did not exist.”
Lusail is one of eight stadiums built throughout Qatar and by far the largest. It will host 10 matches throughout the World Cup, starting with Argentina versus Saudi Arabia on Nov. 22 and ending with the World Cup Final on Dec. 18.
Qatar’s other World Cup controversy
Arguably worse than the condition of the stadiums is how they were built.
Qatar has been accused of exploiting migrant workers from Bangladesh, India and Nepal to construct arenas for the World Cup after Amnesty International wrote that workers were subject to extremely poor living conditions, delayed salaries and near-slavery during their employment. The Guardian reported in early 2021 that more than 6,500 of the reported 1.7 million migrant workers died in Qatar since construction began for the World Cup — or an average of 12 people per day – mostly from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino dismissed those claims and downplayed the working condition criticism when asked in May at an event in California.
“When you give work to somebody, even in hard conditions, you give him dignity and pride,” Infantino said, via USA Today. “It’s not charity. You don’t make charity. You don’t give something to somebody and say, ‘Stay where you are. I give you something and I feel good.’ …
“Now 6,000 might have died in other works and so on,” Infantino added, “and in fact, FIFA is not the police of the international or accountable for the whole thing that occurs round the international. But because of FIFA, because of soccer, we’ve got been in a position to deal with the standing of all the 1.5 million staff operating in Qatar.”
We’re nonetheless two months clear of the largest tournament in world soccer. But the information revolving round the 2022 World Cup is much less about the nations competing and extra about the nation web hosting.