During the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, the BBC’s opening credits received an unfavourable online reception. This has led to questions about the credibility of FIFA’s decision-making process.
On the eve of the tournament, FIFA president Gianni Infantino delivered an extraordinary speech. Infantino accused the west of moral hypocrisy and warned of a “crushing crisis” in football.
As well as announcing FIFA’s decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA also pledged more money to member federations. FIFA is expected to use the money to help its members through the uncertainty of the 2020s.
The tournament is set to kick off on November 21. The tournament will be held in the Middle East for the first time and it is also the first time in an Arab-majority country.
The tournament will feature 64 games. The VAR will be used during these games. There are also issues with the treatment of women in Qatar. The country has a large migrant population and they are often exploited.
The first match of the 2022 World Cup is scheduled for Monday. England will play Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium. The team will be led by Gareth Southgate.
FIFA has announced that it has sold $7.5 billion worth of commercial rights over the four years leading up to the tournament. The deal includes a three-year deal with Ab InBev, the company that sponsors Budweiser. The beer will be sold at the official FIFA fan zone in downtown Al Bidda Park. The Budweiser nightclub will also be open.