Sports fans Say Qatar has now Politicized the World Cup

Ellis Cashmore, Jamie Cleland, Kevin Dixon

Research output: Other contribution


Qatar 2022 was a different World Cup: the tournament was ensnared in a web of geopolitical scandals that almost strangled the competition before it began. The aftermath will be just as scandalous, at least according to football fans, over 90% of whom believe future World Cups and Olympics will be international political events. They are convinced the kind of controversy and polemic generated by Qatar will become the norm. Yet, there is a paradox: almost three-quarters believe this is a lamentable development. “Qatar is just the start and a blueprint for future events to be targeted for political and financial gain,” one research participant predicted.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
PublisherFair Observer
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2023


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