Hard hit for the Blues

Defending champions France will have to make do with a smaller fan base during the World Cup in Qatar. Blame prohibitive prices.

Qatar is out of the game due to a new controversy, a few months before a World Cup that is already highly criticized. Until recently, criticism has focused mainly on the plight of the workers who erected the stadiums and the environmental cost of air-conditioned venues. But since the opening of the box office and the draw, discontent has increased among supporters. Consequence of the prices charged, in particular for accommodation and transport.

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The second phase of the box office has been open for eight days. While more than 800,000 tickets were sold during the first phase between January 19 and February 8, viewers can now purchase tickets for a single match, packs that allow them to follow a team during the group phase or in the final phase if you qualify and packs that give access to four games in four different stadiums.

For foreign spectators, the prices of individual tickets range between 62 and 200 euros for a match in the first round depending on the category. The prices then go from 85 to 242 euros for the round of 16 and then from 182 to 375 euros for the quarter-finals. The semifinal will cost between 315 and 843 euros and the final between 550 and 1,460 euros. While the lowest prices are slightly lower than in Russia, prices are on average 30% more expensive than in 2018.

If we are 50 in Qatar it will already be exceptional

But most of the expenses of the fans present in Qatar should be related to accommodation. While the country expects 1.2 million supporters, including up to 276,000 on the weekend of November 27-28, there are only 130,000 beds available, including 40,000 in hotels. With rates worldwide three times higher than those in force in Russia.

“In Russia we were 600, if we are 50 in Qatar it will be exceptional” warned Anne Costes, vice-president of the group Irrésistibles Français, explaining: “ I, for example, have done all the competitions since the 2006 World Cup and I am not going to go to Qatar because it is too expensive. Attending the final, for example, means losing 3,000 euros! 620 euros to enter the game (compared to 400 in Russia), about 1,500 euros for the plane ticket and Qatar forces us to spend at least three nights in the place, something unprecedented and absurd when we risk running out of accommodation. As a result, the bill goes up very quickly. »

“You can only book accommodation if you have tickets for the matchesShe continued. But you have to wait until May 31. to see if we managed to get a ticket. I’m not sure there will be any accommodation then and the cheapest accommodation is far from Doha. » Sometimes even in the desert where a campsite must be set up. “Indeed, a campsite is offered but nothing is explained, we simply see a tent in the desert without knowing the services”, still lamented Anne Costes.

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