Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee have released an announcement hitting back after it was suggested they’re using actors to portray fans.
“With 4 days to go until the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 kicks off, anticipation and excitement is constructing in Qatar as we prepare to welcome the world,” their statement reads.
“Fans from everywhere in the world – a lot of whom have made Qatar their home – have contributed to the local atmosphere recently, organising fan walks and parades throughout the country, and welcoming the varied national teams at their hotels.
“Quite a few journalists and commentators on social media have questioned whether these are ‘real’ fans. We thoroughly reject these assertions, that are each disappointing and unsurprising.
“Qatar, and the remaining of the world, is comprised of a various range of football fans, a lot of whom share emotional connections with multiple nations. Somewhere else around the globe, fans have different traditions, other ways to rejoice, and while that will contrast with what persons are used to in Europe or South America, it does not imply the fervour for football is any less authentic.
“Journalists on the bottom who speak and meet these fans are realising the truth. We look ahead to the continuing construct as much as the kick off of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and it truly representing a moment that connects fans from everywhere in the world, regardless of how they decide to support their favourite teams.”