Controversy Of The Soccer World Cup

The FIFA World Cup 2022 which is an international soccer tournament is hosted by Qatar this year. Qatar is a small country on the Arabian Peninsula in Middle East Asia. It has an area of 4,471 square miles which is smaller than the state of Connecticut by about 20%. The World Cup is taking place from November 20th to December 18th. This year's world cup brought up many controversies.

 

First, I’d like to mention corruption. The decision that Qatar could host the 2022 World Cup was made back in 2010 by the FIFA board. Many members of the board suddenly changed their opinion after a meeting with people from Qatar. Furthermore, they didn’t need to pay for vacations or got some presents. Moreover, to choose Qatar as a host country also seems quite unreasonable. The country doesn’t have a meaningful soccer tradition and was also lacking basic infrastructure like stadiums. In addition to that, it is way too hot in summer to play soccer. It can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, so the tournament had to be moved to winter. 

 

Furthermore, there are many human rights violations in Qatar. There had to be built seven new stadiums, hundred hotels and an entire network of roads and rails to transport fans between the arenas and hotels. It is estimated that 95% of the country’s labor force is made up of migrants. They have to work under terrible conditions. There is nearly no safety at work. A 2021 investigation by the guardian found that more than 6,500 migrant workers had died because of workplace accidents, car crashes, suicides or because of the heat. Also, homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and the country’s penal code criminalizes sex outside of marriage which leads to the prosecution of rape victims. 

 

FIFA might claim that this is the world’s first fully carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup tournament, but many climate researchers doubt that. There are many, many flights to and from the country during the World Cup daily. Moreover, the fields need to be watered. Each field needs about 10,000 liters of desalinated water every day. The stadiums are also all air-conditioned because of the heat. 

 

In my opinion, the World Cup is highly controversial. I think that it is unbelievable what people do for money. I just don’t see any good reasons why you would choose to let a country like Qatar host a World Cup. Moreover, so many people have to suffer so we can have fun watching soccer. Personally, I’m not so interested in soccer, so I also don’t really watch it. However, I also heard of people boycotting this year's World Cup by not watching it.  

 

Questions

Do you think the World Cup is controversial? 

 

Do you watch the World Cup?

 

Do you think that the World Cup should be boycotted? 

 

Sources

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-world-cup-in-qatar-is-a-climate-catastrophe/

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/19/sports/soccer/world-cup-qatar-2022.html

https://www.npr.org/2022/11/18/1137204271/qatar-world-cup-controversies

https://abcnews.go.com/International/qatar-soccer-world-cup-controversial/story?id=93283278

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2022-11-22/qatars-world-cup-controversy-explained

 

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  • I watch the FIFA World Cup. And I think that it is fine it took place in Qatar. I just think that people don't like it because they don't have a strong background in soccer I think that's why people don't like it.

    • I don't agree with you. I also think that there are people who just don't like soccer in general, but this year is different. With all the corruption and other issues going on, I think there are more reasons to think critically about the world cup. 

  • I enjoy watching the world cup although I don't belive it is controvertial I do see how some pople might say it is. I think people don't like that such a place that dosn't have strong background in soccer can host the World Cup but I also know that they have a bid on the world cup and Quatar was willing to pay the most to be able to host the World Cup.

    • Money definetly played a role in the decision of the host country - which comes along with big corruption problems. 

  • I personally do not understand how the Fifa world cup would be controversial. I know that people may have been upset with the high amount of infrastructure built around the Fifa world cup, but I feel like this would be beneficial to the country. New hotels and roads mean easier travel and more places for people to stay when traveling. 

    • That's one point some people like to mention. Without the World Cup in Qatar there wouldn't be so much attention about the human rights violations there. However, I think that this infrastructure was built under terrible conditions. 

  • I don't see how a thing like the world cup would be controversial. There is nothing wrong with the Fifa world cup. Maybe I don't know and it was more controversial than what most people thought. I heard that it could be very corrupt. But still, I don't really watch the world cup so I don't know as much. 

  • Personally, I do not watch the World Cup because I just do not watch sports. I think that it should be boycotted because that will be better for the teams and the people. The country this takes place in just does not care for the citizens. They allow terrible work conditions and this causes death.

    • I agree with you.

  • I do not watch the World Cup or even watch soccer. I think that it is a controbersial. I also think that it should be boycotted it will be better for teams and the people that watch it. 

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