In about two months, the 2022 World Cup will start in Qatar. A test run in the Lusail Stadium is said to have gone terribly wrong.
World Cup hosts Qatar apparently made a fool of themselves during a test run at the Lusail Stadium north of Doha, where the final is also scheduled to take place on December 18, around two months before the start of the finals. This reports the news agency Reuters.
At around 34 degrees, there was said to be no more water in the stadium at halftime in the Lusail Cup between Saudi Arabia’s champion al-Hilal and Egypt’s champion al-Zamalek, which is said to have led to chaos.
“We need water. Is there water?” a dehydrated woman is said to have called out at the drinks stand in the stadium, while other fans could no longer get water and drinks in front of the arena.
World Cup 2022: A total of ten games at the Lusail Stadium
But even after the game there should have been significant problems. The fans had to queue for hours to leave the stadium, while the subway station 400 meters away, which was built especially for the World Cup, was said to be quickly overloaded.
It was a “huge mess,” reports a fan who “doesn’t want to go to the World Cup anymore. Not if that’s the case.” Another man is said to have shouted: “Let us through! We have children.”
The 80,000 spectator Lusail Stadium is one of the main venues of the Desert World Cup and was built for around 662 million euros. Six group games, a round of 16, a quarter-final, a semi-final and the final will take place there.