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FIFA Have Seemingly Already Started Lying About Attendances At Qatar World Cup

FIFA Have Seemingly Already Started Lying About Attendances At Qatar World Cup
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Three games into the 2022 FIFA World Cup and it's fair to say that the tournament has been a bit of a damp squib so far.

The opener between Qatar and Ecuador was a complete mismatch, with the host nation looking completely out of their depth at this level. England's game against Iran was another one-sided affair, and while Netherlands vs Senegal was a close game, it was lacking in excitement.

While the action on the pitch has been lacklustre, everything else surrounding that has also been questionable.

England fans had issues getting into their game earlier today, with the app used to check tickets crashing and leaving many stuck outside the stadium by the time the match kicked off. At least those fans did get in eventually, with many seemingly opting to stay away from the tournament altogether.

Yesterday's game featuring the hosts was a sight to behold, with thousands of locals leaving the stadium at halftime as their team was already a couple of goals behind. By the time the final whistle went, the ground was less than quarter full.

Today wasn't much better, with FIFA even attempting to completely exaggerate the attendance of one fixture.

FIFA exaggerate World Cup attendances

Prior to the tournament, Netherlands vs Senegal was seen as one of the more appealing group games. As a result, you would have expected a good crowd to show up on the day.


That wasn't the case. Television pictures and comments from those in attendance made it clear that there were huge amounts of empty seats in the Al Thumama Stadium.


However, FIFA would have you believe that the game was very well attended. In fact, they even claim that the stadium was overfull.

The official attendance of the game was said to be 41,721, despite the fact that the stadium only holds 40,000 spectators. Of course, that is also ignoring the blatantly obvious fact that there was thousands of empty seats in the stands throughout the ground.

It wouldn't be like FIFA to twist the truth. Considering the way they have treated fans up to this point in the tournament, lying attendances is among the smaller issues around the event at the moment.

As it turns out, it was a similar situation at all three games on Monday.

Of course, the reasons for lower numbers of fans travelling to Qatar is completely understandable. Not only have many decided to stay away due to the humanitarian issues associated with hosting the tournament in the country, but the prices of flights, accommodation, and other amenities has resulted in many becoming priced out of supporting their country at the event.

The whole thing has been a disaster so far and no amount of lying about attendances is going to change that.

UPDATE: FIFA Media released a tweet last night implying that stadium capacities had been expanded for this tournament. Watch this space.

SEE ALSO: Gary Neville Has A Pop At Politicians & Royal Family As He Defends Qatar Stance

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