Bruno Fernandes has called out the scheduling of the World Cup, claiming the competition should be for everyone.
The Manchester United midfielder was speaking after his side defeated Fulham 2-1 thanks to a last minute goal form 18-year-old sensation Alejandro Garnacho.
The win leaves Manchester United in fifth place, three points behind fourth place Spurs as domestic football is paused while the World Cup is set to begin next Sunday. After a rocky start to the season, most Manchester United fans will be relatively pleased with the decision.
ALEJANDRO GARNACHO!! ⚡💥
A new star is born...🌟 pic.twitter.com/cIokBafVTB
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Attention Turns To Qatar
In what can only be described as highly unusual and ludicrous circumstances, the biggest event of the calendar year has never had more problems heading into the competition. Since the competition was awarded to Qatar in 2010, it has been full of controversy.
With majority of players playing three games a week to accommodate the tournament at winter, it means several big names are missing out through injury, with Reece James, Timo Werner, Paul Pogba and Ngolo Kante among some of the big names set to miss out through injury.
The circumstances surrounding the awarding of the competition to Qatar have also been criticised, with bribery and corruption allegations at the centre of FIFA and Qatar. The preparation of the tournament has also seen the death of thousands of migrant workers, while Qatar has done next to nothing to ensure the safety of minority groups ahead of the competition.
Bruno Fernandes, who is set to feature for Portugal in the competition in Group H, alongside Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea, hasn’t held back in his assessment of the tournament.
🗣 "Of course it's strange, it's not exactly the time we want to be playing in the World Cup."
Bruno Fernandes reviews the news around the World Cup and highlights the importance of everyone to be included pic.twitter.com/K6Ep8xIDHD
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“It’s not exactly the time we want to be playing in the World Cup. Obviously for everyone, players and fans, it’s not the best time. Kids will be at school, people will be working, the timing will not be the best for people to watch the games.
We know the surrounding of the World Cup, what has been in the past few weeks, the past few months about the people’s death on the construction of the stadiums. We are not happy for that, at all.
We want football to be for everyone, everyone has to be involved and included in a World Cup because the World Cup is for everyone..
These kinds of things I think should not happen at any time, but for a World Cup that is more than football. It is a party for fans, players, and is something that is a joy to watch, and should be done in a better way.”
It’s refreshing to hear someone of Bruno Fernandes call out the very clear but not spoken about enough problems heading into the tournament.