World Cup 2022: a competition for the richest? The concern of the fan groups – Football

Almost seven months before the World Cup in Qatar, concern is growing among groups of supporters of the French team. In question, the very vague organization of the event in a country that favors the richest.

Few French fans in Qatar?

This World Cup is unreadable. Strong words from Anne Costes, who fears the worst just over 7 months after the World Cup in Qatar. Vice-president of the Irresistibles Franais, the French national team’s best-known supporter group, this round-ball fan isn’t sure if he’ll join the Gulf next winter.

Bad accommodation conditions.

Why ? First, because the accommodation conditions will be very difficult. You have to have your tickets for the match to be accommodated, otherwise you cannot book. So you have to get tickets for the matches without knowing if you will have accommodation. However, having accommodation is a condition for entering Qatar. All knowing that tickets are non-refundable. So if you want to avoid doing a France-Qatar return trip on the day of the match – which is not certain to be possible – you have to take a non-refundable ticket without knowing if you will have accommodation, which will allow us to enter the territory he says in an interview with So Foot.

The icing on the cake: you have to book a minimum number of nights, you can’t book just one night. Which makes no sense as there is a lack of accommodation on site. Accommodation that would be refunded 80% in case of cancellation before April 30, but not after. And then you have to see the apartments in question… They are almost military installations, or villas or the famous cruise ships. The cheapest is a campsite of which nothing is known, with only a photo of a Quechua tent on a dune he regrets.

A flawed organization

For the main interest, the organization is totally flawed. We will have 48 to 72 hours after the last game to go out. What do we do if the plane tickets cannot be changed? We even look for accommodation in the neighboring countries, but in fact, the Dubai-Doha flight will be very expensive. By car, it’s a 6-hour drive through Saudi Arabia, whose borders are closed with Qatar. In fact, during our meeting, all I did was deliver bad news. I had to find a lot of people. It’s a shame because we are world champions and we will have very few fans in the place. sighs the head of the fan group.

For Costes, this World Cup will not be the one for the most ardent supporters. To give you an idea, in Russia there were 600, if there are 50 it will be exceptional. I say ‘we’, but personally, I gave up. With all the controversy surrounding this World Cup, we could at least expect Qatar to be impeccable in terms of organization, but in fact they are not at all. in the east only for aiss people. It is not a World Cup for fans, there will be no one. We will finish with Qataris who will carry French flags he says, before concluding. Qatar is not ready to host a big tournament with millions of people. See you next November.

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