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Emir sees criticism of Qatar as ‘unprecedented campaign’

The Emir of Qatar has castigated the ongoing criticism of the host of the upcoming World Cup (November 20 to December 18) as an “unprecedented campaign” including “fiction and double standards”. In a televised speech, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani lamented that no host of the finals had been attacked so severely.

“In good faith, we initially even considered parts of the criticism to be positive and useful to develop aspects of ourselves that need to be developed,” said the Emir. “But we soon realized that the campaign was ongoing, expanding, made-up and double standards – until it reached a level of ferocity that unfortunately raises many questions about the real reasons and motives behind this campaign.”

The awarding of the World Cup to Qatar has been criticized for years. First of all, it was about the bribes that are said to have flowed in the vote in 2010. Then there was the environmental aspect, as the finals had to be postponed to the winter due to the climate. In recent years, the focus has been on the human rights situation, the situation of guest workers and the conditions for LGBT people.

Qatar has invested around 150 billion euros in the tournament. The world association FIFA expects a profit of around 6.5 billion euros from the first final round in an Arab country. Controversial FIFA President Gianni Infantino prophesied “the best World Cup ever”.

The head of the German Football Association (DFB) is critical of the final round. On Monday, DFB President Bernd Neuendorf will travel to Qatar together with Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) to get an idea of ​​the situation.


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