After a disappointing performance, Qatar lost their opening match against Ecuador 0-2. But not only in terms of sports, the start of the World Cup left much to be desired. The “fans” also raised questions.
On the other hand, the majority of spectators left the stadium well before the final whistle, so that by the 75th minute the seats were half empty. Many fans had had enough before the half-time whistle. Originally, 60,000 fans arrived at Al Khor Al Bayt Stadium.
Secondly, a large portion of the Qatari fans were not from Qatar at all. This was reported by correspondents Patrick Berger and Kerry Howe. The two Sports 1journalists Two South American fans met at the site who repeatedly shouted “Qatar, best World Cup ever!” yelled at as he was being filmed by local supporters. When asked, it emerged that two of the South Americans were “FIFA fan captains” and their trip to the principality was funded by the world federation. Plus, they won’t be receiving any money, the fan duo confirmed.
Also, the Qatari “ultras” who wore burgundy shirts, who were seen several times during the television broadcast and were responsible for the atmosphere, were often not from Qatar. Many of them said they were migrant workers from Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Nepal or Egypt. “However, most of them came from Arab countries that consider themselves Bedouin and seem to be sticking to Qatar,” he explains. Sports 1.
Reporters Berger and Howe also observed the stadium’s prayer rooms. Many worshipers also prayed on the floor between the steps of the stands. A somewhat odd note regarding the food supplies in the stadium, because the supplies in the serving stands were used up shortly after kick-off. From then on, fans could only buy drinks.