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World Cup: Lineker, Scott and Shearer address Qatar controversy – as Piers Morgan responds angrily


Gary Lineker’s opening monologue for BBC’s introduction to the World Cup addressed the human rights record in Qatar immediately.

The controversial competition kicked off today with the host nation facing Ecuador in Group A, with the sport live to tell the tale BBC. They lost 2-0 after an Enner Valencia double.

Lineker, who recently promised to talk out on the problems while covering the tournament, got straight into the controversy before the pundits on the show went on to debate the problems further.

‘It’s probably the most controversial World Cup in recent history and a ball hasn’t even been kicked’, he said. ‘Ever since FIFA selected Qatar back in 2010, the smallest nation to host football’s biggest competition has faced some big questions. 

‘From accusations of corruption within the bidding process to the treatment of migrant staff who’ve built the stadiums where many lost their lives. Homosexuality is unlawful here and girls’s rights are also within the highlight. Also the choice to modify the tournament from summer to winter. 

‘Against that back drop, there’s a tournament to be played here that might be watched and enjoyed all over the world. Keep on with football say FIFA, well we are going to – for a few minutes no less than.’

But fellow TV presenter Piers Morgan responded angrily on Twitter, posting: ‘Outrageously disrespectful to Qatar that the BBC didn’t broadcast the World Cup opening ceremony, and as a substitute put out more virtue-signalling guff about how awful it’s. 

‘In the event that they’re that appalled, they need to bring home their vast army of employees & spare us this absurd hypocrisy.’

BBC’s Gary Lineker addressed the human right’s issues in Qatar in his opening monologue at the beginning of the organisation’s coverage

The World Cup got underway on Sunday with host nation Qatar facing Ecuador in Group A

Controversy around human rights, comparable to staff’ rights and LGBT laws, has engulfed the build-up to the tournament

Alan Shearer, Alex Scott and Ashley Williams were working as pundits and in addition addressed Qatar’s behaviour since being handed the tournament, and Shearer particularly was critical of the awarding.

He said: ‘Every country has its own issues including our own country, and I’m not saying we’re perfect, we’re removed from it, but we were there in 2010 and we were as surprised as anyone was. 

‘Initially it was announced it was a winter World Cup, air conditioned stadiums, air conditioned fan fests and all that stuff. Three months later it’s announced the primary game of the World Cup Is moved to today and 11 of those 22 members that had that vote for FIFA have either been sanctioned, fined or banned for all times. 

‘Mohammed bin Hammam from Qatar, who was the chairman of the Asian football association has been banned for all times, even Sepp Blatter has recently said it was a mistake, in order that’s where we’re with this World Cup.’

Ashley Williams added he felt there were 'zero considerations for the human rights and the workers' rights' from FIFA Former England forward Alan Shearer laid into FIFA for their awarding of the tournament

Former England forward Alan Shearer (right) laid into FIFA for his or her awarding of the tournament, while Ashley Williams (left) added he felt there have been ‘zero considerations for the human rights and the employees’ rights’ from FIFA

Williams then honed in on FIFA, adding: ‘I feel after they awarded Qatar the tournament there have been zero considerations for the human rights and the employees’ rights and there have been no considerations put in place for the constructing of the stadiums. 

‘It has been 10 years before we have seen any changes in that to improving working conditions and labour laws. The one positive is that this international tension has led to some reform. I feel it only becomes sportswashing once we don’t discuss it.’

FIFA president Gianni Infantino gave a staggering speech on Saturday when he once more begged for the main target of the tournament to be on the football, and called the ‘one-sided’ criticism ‘hypocrisy’.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino gave another staggering speech on Saturday, again pleading for the focus to be on the football.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino gave one other staggering speech on Saturday, again pleading for the main target to be on the football.

Alex Scott slammed Infantino for his words and failure to commit to a compensation fund to families who’ve lost family members

Scott slated Infantino for his words, branding the 52-year-old ‘confusing and absolutely bizarre’.

‘I’m trying to know, you brought a World Cup here and I’m trying to know a couple of culture’, she said. ‘I’m trying to know every thing – the entire context of what is going on on and what the FIFA president said yesterday is to me confusing and absolutely bizarre. How you possibly can say ‘today I’m a migrant employee’? No you usually are not and also you never might be.

‘Yes you have got moved forward and now there’s a minimum wage on this country that happened within the last two years, £1 an hour, £240 a month, your salary is £1.5 million or whatever it’s, you won’t ever know what it’s wish to be a migrant employee and for families now who lose their family members just attempting to make a living is completely bizarre. 

The opening ceremony on the Al Bayt Stadium took place before kick off on Sunday afternoon

‘And for FIFA to be awarding clubs compensation of over £200million to permit their players to be playing here is absurd because you are not even committing to a compensation fund for families.’

Several fans have criticised the organisation’s decision to concentrate on the problems relatively than the football right away, with many labelling Lineker and the station ‘woke’.

‘BBC going full on woke from the off. #worldcup2022qatar leave politics out of football. Hope all of the virtue signallers have a stunning afternoon.’ said one user.

‘And the BBC television woke fest has begun! Lineker was bad enough normally without an agenda to drive his wokeness!’ added one other.

And the BBC television woke fest has begun!
Lineker was bad enough normally without an agenda to drive his wokeness!#FIFAWorldCup

— Kevin Barnes (@sarboy22) November 20, 2022

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