BREAKING: Massive changes in 2022 World Cup plans (Not the ones you want)
Sorry to rain on football’s homecoming parade by reminding you that the next World Cup’s going to be in Qatar, but the Qatari delegation to Russia have announced some pretty massive changes to their plans for 2022.
Is it about stadium workers having their human rights violated? Or how Fifa’s report into alleged corruption during the bidding process “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations”? Or maybe how a British coroner found that working conditions on the newly built stadia are “downright dangerous”? No! It’s about crowd flows in the fan park.
“What we saw in Moscow, which has two stadiums, is that a city can be very quickly overwhelmed by big crowds,” Spanish newspaper Marca reports Nasser Al Khater, the deputy head of the 2022 organisation team, as saying. “So this is something that we need to take note of, and this is something that we need to consider going back to Qatar.”
Right. Not the biggest problem with staging the World Cup in a country with one major stadium and where being gay is illegal, to be honest. Still, Al Khater seemed chipper.
“The nature of the size of Qatar and, I believe, the fact you’re going to have the fans of 32 teams pretty much in a city, I think is going to be electrifying,” he said.
Then he went and did a very measured version of the the “Is this a library?” chant.
“If we look at the World Cup here in Russia, I’m wondering where are the European fans? All the fans here are from South America.
“Peru-France game, 35,000-capacity – 29,000 from Peru, 2,900 from France and the rest were Russian.
“I don’t know where the European fans are, I don’t know if it’s going to be the same when Qatar comes along.”
What could possibly have kept European fans away from internationally renowned Machiavellian schemers Russia? We may never know.