England fans say Qatar World Cup fan village is 'kilometre of bunting'November 22, 2022
England supporters complain that Qatar World Cup fan village is ‘a kilometre of bunting, one screen to watch the football and the toilets have still not been built’
- Fans say the Corniche fan zone is practically deserted days into the tournament
- Toilets are out of service and screens are few and far between in Doha
- Supporters said it looks like the tournament is still yet to kick off
Frustrated England supporters have slammed the Qatar World Cup and its empty fanzones and unbuilt toilets, saying it feels like the tournament is yet to begin.
The Corniche in Doha, described as ‘Qatar’s global street carnival’ during the tournament, is almost deserted in footage taken during the first half of Argentina’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia today.
Fans said toilets are located a kilometre apart from each other and many still haven’t been built, with only one screen to watch the games nearby.
Frustrated England supporters have slammed the Qatar World Cup and its empty fanzones and unbuilt toilets, saying it feels like the tournament is yet to begin
The Corniche in Doha, described as ‘Qatar’s global street carnival’ during the tournament, is almost deserted
John, who didn’t want to give his surname, has travelled to Qatar from London to watch the biggest football tournament in the world but feels let down by the organisation.
In a video taken from the supposedly bustling fanzone, he says: ‘This is the Corniche, it’s completely dead, there’s a game going on, Argentina versus Saudi Arabia.
‘They’ve piled in a load of these food vans, no one’s buying anything, they’ve got like two or three people per unit.
‘There’s no one around. There’s a screen over here so there’s a little gathering of people.
‘There’s only toilets once every kilometre here and we’ve come here on Tuesday, the third day of the World Cup, and we’ve asked to use the toilet and they won’t let us.
‘They’re still building it, they’re still installing it, f*** knows what’s going on.’
The footage was taken during the first half of Argentina’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia today
The fans described kilometres of road with hardly anyone in sight despite the tournament being in full swing
Fans said toilets are located a kilometre apart from each other and many still haven’t been built
The camera then pans around showing another closed toilet and an attendant who John said ‘wasn’t very helpful’.
He continued: ‘She said there was a toilet over here and just pointed down this road, who knows whether it’s down here?
‘However, there is after queueing for 20 minutes, a screen to watch the football finally.
‘One screen in a kilometre of all this. A kilometre of bunting, and then a screen.’
John told MailOnline: ‘It’s like there’s still a few weeks until the tournament starts.’
Fans have also blasted the bleak breakfast on offer at the fan village as part of its £200-a-night package deal.
A guest has shared a picture of a breakfast box that is allegedly being offered to fans before kick-off.
The box includes a single apple, a sandwich, a doughnut and a dry-looking muffin.
Fans have also blasted the bleak breakfast on offer at the fan village as part of its £200-a-night package deal
Drinks include a tiny juice carton, water and an instant coffee sachet in a paper cup.
Visiting fans have also complained about the ‘rip off’ accommodation inside £185-a-night metal containers amid piles of rubbish and rubble.
One fan Milad Mahmooditar, 32, from Tehran said: ‘It is ridiculous that I have to pay so much money to stay in this tin can.
‘I am 6 feet tall and my bed is too small. There is no room to move and the air-conditioning unit makes so much noise that you cannot sleep.
‘The bathroom isn’t much of a bathroom and you can hardly move without falling over the small table or kicking the bed.
‘I have paid around $200 for each night and I know that for $100 I can get a five star hotel with full board.
‘This is not the way to treat visitors to any country. We have paid so much money to get here.
‘I’m a businessman, but I’m not rich. I’ve spent a lot of money to come here and I expect to be treated much better than this.
World Cup fans have complained about the ‘rip off’ accommodation inside £185-a-night metal containers amid piles of rubbish and rubble in Qatar
Fans complained about being cramped and being ‘ripped off’ at prices of around £185 per cabin per night
‘I am sorry about this and I am angry. Maybe it’s okay for the Qatari people who are rich and live in luxury houses for. Me, this is not okay.’
Pro-LGBT football fans with rainbow bucket hats, T-shirts and flags also say their items have been confiscated by heavy handed officials.
The farcical row over Harry Kane and other captains facing a ban from the pitch for wearing a rainbow armband has spilled over to the stadiums of Doha.
Last night former Wales captain Laura McAllister was among female football fans who were ‘told to take off their rainbow bucket hats’ at the Qatari stadium ahead of the Dragons’ first match. Men, however, were allowed to keep them on.
US football reporter Grant Wahl was stopped by security at the same match and ordered to take off his rainbow T-shirt.
Former Wales captain Laura McAllister was among female football fans who were ‘told to take off their rainbow bucket hats’ at the Qatari stadium ahead of the Dragons’ first match with the US last night
US sports journalist Grant Wahl (pictured) was initially refused entry to a World Cup match in Doha, Qatar and had security guards ‘aggressively demand’ he remove his rainbow shirt. He was told it was for his own safety
He refused and the Qatari officials questioned him before they eventually backed down.
One security guard told him that they were protecting him from fans inside who might’ve attacked him for wearing the shirt.
FIFA has made it clear that rainbows on clothing and flags is not prohibited in stadiums – but have acted to prevent protests on the pitch.
Organisers of the Qatar World Cup and Qatari cultural groups have also urged visitors to respect their customs and religious rules. These including no drinking or swearing in public, wearing modest clothes and no public displays of affection. LGBT people are criminalised and they have also faced discrimination and violence.
Harry Kane did not wear his ‘One Love’ armband during England’s game against Iran because of the threat of a yellow card after orders from the FA. The England captain had previously said he was determined to put it on, and was accused of ‘bottling it’.
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