The World Cup is into day five in Qatar, with Brazil and Portugal each in motion today. There’s plenty happening in Qatar, with England fans being told not to decorate up in crusader costumes and violence breaking out between Argentina and Mexico supporters. And the England team have been accused by MP Ruth Davidson of being “weak” and “folding” on their principles after they decided to ditch the OneLove armband in the course of the World Cup as a consequence of the specter of on-field sanctions.
Meanwhile, FA Wales chief Noel Mooney has fumed at FIFA after Gareth Bale also needed to scrap the OneLove armband against USA. The FAs of England and Wales each released a joint-statement on Monday morning, alongside Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland to substantiate that they might not be wearing the armband throughout the tournament in Qatar.
The football is about to proceed in Qatar today, with Cristiano Ronaldo finally scheduled to get his World Cup campaign underway today when Portugal tackle Ghana of their opening Group H encounter at 4pm.
The blockbuster star grabbed the headlines ahead of the tournament following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, where he said he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United and had “no respect” for Erik ten Hag. And the Red Devils have since confirmed that Ronaldo has left the club “with immediate effect.”
Five-time world champions Brazil are also set to kick their tournament off once they go head-to-head with Serbia in the ultimate game of the day at 7pm. The South American team last won the competition in 2002 after getting the higher of Germany in the ultimate and are the favourites to lift the trophy this time around after losing only one match since 2019.
Elsewhere, Premier League fans will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of Tottenham star Son Heung-min before those two games as South Korea will play Uruguay at 1pm. The forward is fit for the match, despite being forced to undergo an operation earlier this month after suffering fractures around his eye during Spurs’ Champions League trip to Marseille.
And the World Cup motion gets underway at 10am when Switzerland face Cameroon. The teams have been drawn in the identical group as Brazil – so either side will certainly be eager to bag all three points this morning.
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