The ongoing farce that is the 2022 World Cup is now being compared to one of the worst organised events of all time: the infamous Fyre Festival.
Many of you would have seen the Netflix or Hulu documentaries, which showcased the unmitigated disaster and a masterclass in how not to stage a large scale event.
People have now been taking to social media to express their shock at the ongoing situation in Qatar, where the accommodation and food/beverage is quite comparable to Fyre Festival.
BBC journalist Rhia Chohan explained the bizarre situation at a fan village festival, with water hard to come by and a strange emptiness which is very unbefitting of a World Cup.
"We spent the night in a fan village near Lusail Stadium," Chohan wrote.
Guests slowly checking in to find they can’t buy drinking water without a wristband. It’s 30 degrees. Nearest shop an hour walk. No one knows where the wristbands are. We’re told the festival is meant to kick off at 6.30pm.
In another BBC clip, work is still be done in these fan zones, just hours until the tournament kick off with Qatar vs Ecuador.
And, even if the work is completed in time, there is no guarantee that many will show up given the searing desert heat.
2022 World Cup Bringing Serious Fyre Festival Vibes
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 20, 2022
We spent the night in a fan village near Lusail Stadium. Guests slowly checking in to find they can’t buy drinking water without a wristband. It’s 30 degrees. Nearest shop an hour walk. No one knows where the wristbands are. We’re told the festival is meant to kick off at 6.30pm pic.twitter.com/Fi7DPXqnrq
— Rhia Chohan (@rhiachohan) November 19, 2022
— Duke (@MrKittenTamer) November 16, 2022
🚨 With over 1.2M fans reportedly attending the World Cup, Qatar has run out of hotels and therefore, will put fans in desert tents.
Fyre Festival 2.0. Coming soon. 🇶🇦⛺️ pic.twitter.com/MxHdyC9TVy
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) June 16, 2022
The fan accommodation for the World Cup in Qatar is giving Fyre Festival vibes:
Left image: Qatar
Right image: Fyre Festival pic.twitter.com/gRVp0tfm4Y
— The72 - We Love the #EFL (@_The72) September 21, 2022
Qatar hotels for the World Cup looking fyre!!! pic.twitter.com/FKVBwVbYSr
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 15, 2022
Much of the discourse surrounding the 2022 World Cup has centred on Qatar's anti-LGBTQ stance, with FIFA President, Gianna Infantino, defending the country in a bizarre press-conference earlier in the week.
“We have been told many, many lessons from some Europeans, from the western world. I think for what we Europeans have been doing the last 3,000 years we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons to people.”
“Today I feel Qatari,” he said. “Today I feel Arabic. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel [like] a migrant worker.”
“Of course I am not Qatari, I am not an Arab, I am not African, I am not gay, I am not disabled. But I feel like it, because I know what it means to be discriminated [against], to be bullied, as a foreigner in a foreign country. As a child I was bullied – because I had red hair and freckles, plus I was Italian, so imagine.”