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    Marca and other sports websites saying the Qataris have bribed 8 Ecuadorians $7.4 million to lose the game 1-0 with the goal scored in the 2nd half.
    FIFA and the Qataris are a match made in heaven.

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    Itís all about the brown envelopes for FIFA

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    Quote Originally Posted by hilly10 View Post
    Heard silly prices from various sources regards the cost of a beer £8 to £12 at those sort of prices can‚Äôt see the fans getting that inebriated. The cost for Englands group stage packages are expensive £4k to 5k don‚Äôt know how they afford it with what it‚Äôs going to be hitting families
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedyexplorer View Post
    Official FIFA Greek salad in the fan zone £9
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    Makes an offal burger and pukka pie seem almost Michelin star contestants
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    Cannot lie, but there is a part of me that would rather enjoy if every player refused to kick the ball. Just leaving it in play and untouched for the full 90 minutes to celebrate the farce this event is.

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    Perhaps a little prediction competition will kindle some enthusiasm - an old colleague has been running this for years, has now even gone to the trouble of building a website; maybe not marklondon standard, but entirely kosher. Entry fee is £6, with £1 of that going to charity. More the merrier:

    https://sytykf.com/

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    I would of been really impressed if our FA, players, manager, staff, journalists, TV presenters etc had said "On this occasion we will give it a miss" but money (look at LIV golf), ego talks.

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    I usually enjoy the World Cup but will be giving this one a miss.

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    Players must be under massive pressure to play, refuse, and will you be picked again?
    But I wonder if in twenty or so years time when the current players young kids (or kids soon to be born) are young people, how will the players feel when those kids ask them how they could have been a part of supporting that despicable regime?

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    The Italy squad, waiting to board the plane to Qatar


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggertech View Post
    Players must be under massive pressure to play, refuse, and will you be picked again?
    But I wonder if in twenty or so years time when the current players young kids (or kids soon to be born) are young people, how will the players feel when those kids ask them how they could have been a part of supporting that despicable regime?
    Would be interested to know how many players in contention for a place in any of the national squads would have preferred to refuse. I suspect it's 0.

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    Did I once read somewhere that the managers, officials etc etc often get a goody bag with watches and stuff in them worth 1000s at World Cups and the likes ? if so I reckon that could be one reason they are happy to get on the plane

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    Whilst I won't be watching it, just a reminder for those that will be.

    Qatar is 3 hours ahead, and 800 years behind.
    Last edited by Chris_in_the_UK; 18th November 2022 at 18:49.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    Would be interested to know how many players in contention for a place in any of the national squads would have preferred to refuse. I suspect it's 0.
    At the moment yes, more than likely. But what about in the future when their children shame them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hilly10 View Post
    Thatís because a lot of the fans packages are fly in day before then out after the three match package, plus there are thousands of fans in neighbouring Emirates who will fly in and out on the day due to accommodation issues. Bloody stupid if you ask me.
    Plus a large part of the point of a country hosting a WC should be the engagement of the locals in the festivities. Even the USA managed it in 94. Qatar though, not a chance, they simply don't have the fan culture.

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    All these human rights abuses is exactly why Brits never go on holiday or move for work to Middle East countries. And why football clubs never take their squad for mid season breaks to Dubai for example.

    Oh hang on a minute.

    Lots of hypocrisy and virtue signalling going about.

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    Wild Horses couldn't etc.

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    Just reading the WC thread on Pistonheads a guy whose wife lives in Qatar and works as air crew for Qatar Airways, she was called for standby yesterday morning usually 2 full crews 30 staff are the norm when she got there 300 staff were there,enough for 20 flights, all were stood down as there were insufficient passengers for the flights.

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    Bring it on, England for the win. Fodens time to shine.

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    I've lost interest in football in general since the pandemic, and couldn't give a stuff about the world cup.

    Previous ones are always linked to halcyon summers and iconic times.

    Winter feels the wrong time, and the run up seems shady. I'm disappointed in my apathy as a Welshman, that we have qualified for the least captivating tournament in my memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanb741 View Post
    All these human rights abuses is exactly why Brits never go on holiday or move for work to Middle East countries. And why football clubs never take their squad for mid season breaks to Dubai for example.

    Oh hang on a minute.

    Lots of hypocrisy and virtue signalling going about.
    Some wisdom there.

    Personally I'd never set foot in one of those middle eastern countries but I seem to be in the minority.

    As usual money talks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    Some wisdom there.

    Personally I'd never set foot in one of those middle eastern countries but I seem to be in the minority.

    As usual money talks.
    You are not alone.

    I often wonder what is the draw of holidaying in an overpriced, uncultured, bigoted eyesore of a city in the middle of a desert.

    Truly these places are dog-sh1t rolled in gold.

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    You are not alone.

    I often wonder what is the draw of holidaying in an overpriced, uncultured, bigoted eyesore of a city in the middle of a desert.

    Truly these places are dog-sh1t rolled in gold.
    This, seriously.

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    Iím looking forward to it. The time of year or venue doesnít matter to me.
    Iíll be cheering on any team sans arm bands.


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    Itís funny how just one sentence can reveal so much about a person.

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    If it's good enough for our King...................

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...th%20groceries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post
    Itís funny how just one sentence can reveal so much about a person.
    Indeed. Had to read it again to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    Indeed. Had to read it again to be sure.
    Nope, it was obvious first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    If it's good enough for our King...................

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...th%20groceries.
    Good that Coutts came to collect the cash. I suspect that if any of us tried to deposit v.large amounts of cash into our banks questions would be asked. And why would the money not just be transferred electronically?

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    Wonít be watching out of principle.

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    I mentioned some of the above to my wife as I feel reasonably strongly about it.

    Her response and knowing i'm not greatly into football anyway was.

    "So if a Qatar government representative was to approach you and offer an all expenses 5* paid trip to the Cup with tickets to all the important games and deposit £100K in your bank tax free and all you had to do was be interviewed a couple of times as a representative of an ordinary fan you would turn it down ?"

    Not going to happen but...................

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTigerUK View Post
    I mentioned some of the above to my wife as I feel reasonably strongly about it.

    Her response and knowing i'm not greatly into football anyway was.

    "So if a Qatar government representative was to approach you and offer an all expenses 5* paid trip to the Cup with tickets to all the important games and deposit £100K in your bank tax free and all you had to do was be interviewed a couple of times as a representative of an ordinary fan you would turn it down ?"

    Not going to happen but...................
    Do you mean promise to deposit £100k then don't?

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    Make sure your righteous indignation extends to ensuring you don't avail of cheap flights on Qatar, Emirates, Etihad etc. BA I'm sure could do with the money and I'm sure out of principle those criticising Qatar have always boycotted those airlines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanb741 View Post
    Make sure your righteous indignation extends to ensuring you don't avail of cheap flights on Qatar, Emirates, Etihad etc. BA I'm sure could do with the money and I'm sure out of principle those criticising Qatar have always boycotted those airlines.
    Never had a problem getting sh1tfaced on any of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanb741 View Post
    Make sure your righteous indignation extends to ensuring you don't avail of cheap flights on Qatar, Emirates, Etihad etc. BA I'm sure could do with the money and I'm sure out of principle those criticising Qatar have always boycotted those airlines.
    I just can't stand football, at any level, which is why I never watch it.
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    Now that the president of FIFA has told us he knows exactly how a migrant worker feels , because he had red hair and freckles, I feel itís safe to let folk know you are watching again .

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegoat View Post
    Now that the president of FIFA has told us he knows exactly how a migrant worker feels , because he had red hair and freckles, I feel itís safe to let folk know you are watching again .
    Unbelievable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegoat View Post
    Now that the president of FIFA has told us he knows exactly how a migrant worker feels , because he had red hair and freckles, I feel itís safe to let folk know you are watching again .
    An estimated 6,000 migrant workers killed to build those stadia, football is truly morally bankrupt and this idiot has proved it.

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    For me, lets use football for leverage and modernise the host. Well that went well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_the_UK View Post
    Unbelievable.
    It gets better.
    Infantino lives in Qatar and sends his two sons to school there .

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    His speech was something else:

    "For what we [Europeans and the Western world] have been doing for 3,000 years around the world, we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before giving moral lessons."

    Except, this is now very much the modern age and trying to justify the sins of an appalling regime based on the historical sins of the past is sophistry in the extreme.

    What a cretin, desperately trying to rescue the tatters of his organisation's reputation.

    Slam dunk for me. I wasn't going to watch it anyway and Infantino just confirmed my decision in spades.

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    World cup in Russia was totally off-putting already and I barely watched a game, but for this one I had hope that common sense would prevail and that it would be canned before it started. I gave up on that hope about a year ago.

    Not planning to watch any, and that will be a first. I hope Qatar wins it.
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    They certainly have enough money to win it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raffe View Post
    I hope Qatar wins it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noTAGlove View Post
    You are not alone.

    I often wonder what is the draw of holidaying ..... in the middle of a desert.

    Can't beat a proper piece of wilderness to get away from it all.

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    Beckham is supposedly a gay icon. Yet he's taking £150m from the Quataris in an ambassadorial role. *chortle*
    Lineker probably fancies dipping his bread in that gravy in a few years.
    As for Infantilo. Just another bent FIFA boss in a long line of 'em.
    And after today's diatribe, more front than Selfridge's.

    These people are garbage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Wonít be watching out of principle.
    This...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Wonít be watching out of principle.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tickeros View Post
    Beckham is supposedly a gay icon. Yet he's taking £150m from the Quataris in an ambassadorial role. *chortle*
    Lineker probably fancies dipping his bread in that gravy in a few years.
    As for Infantilo. Just another bent FIFA boss in a long line of 'em.
    And after today's diatribe, more front than Selfridge's.

    These people are garbage.
    And that.

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    Nothing more to say on the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tickeros View Post
    Beckham is supposedly a gay icon. Yet he's taking £150m from the Quataris in an ambassadorial role. *chortle*
    Lineker probably fancies dipping his bread in that gravy in a few years.
    As for Infantilo. Just another bent FIFA boss in a long line of 'em.
    And after today's diatribe, more front than Selfridge's.

    These people are garbage.
    I don't follow football, but £150 million !!!!!!! Foly Huck !!!!!

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    Today I feel Qatari,Ē he said. ďToday I feel Arabic. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel [like] a migrant worker.Ē

    He added: ďOf 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 Ė because I had red hair and freckles, plus I was Italian, so imagine.

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...orld-cup-qatar
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