There are hundreds of them, they come from all over the world and they are enlivening the streets of Qatar already a week before the start of the Football World Cup. At least, that’s what the official channel of the country on TikTok, which is spreading numerous videos of alleged supporters of the different nationalities. They should be Argentinian, English, Brazilian, Portuguese or Spanish fans, but really they always look like the same people dressed in the uniforms of various countries.
It’s not the first time that Qatari authorities are accused of hiring fake fans, in an effort to make their stadiums appear full. As early as 2014, during another contested international competition, several hundred migrant workers were paid to attend football matches. Beach volley of the Qatar Open. This time however, the authorities moved even before the inaugural kick-off of the World Cup, trying to give a semblance of normality to what is in fact one of greatest shames of contemporary sport.
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According to the investigations of Guardianmore than 6,500 migrant workers died during the construction of stadiums, airports and subways created specifically to host the event. They came from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nepal or Sri Lanka and died suicidesfor too much work or electrocuted in their sleep, due to the heavy rains that invaded the dilapidated houses in which they had been accommodated by the billionaire emirs who govern Qatar.
A World Cup whose foundations rest on blood and very serious human rights violationswhich have led more and more countries to launch different initiatives of boycott against the World Cup. The European Parliament’s human rights committee itself reports Euroactivtoday condemned the sporting event as “there Cup of Shame”inviting the public to disregard the competitions and recalling the heavy discrimination against women and the lgbtq+ community that takes place in the country..
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But the Qatari authorities, in addition to ignoring all this, are trying to hide the failure of their event, organizing drama such as the videos of fake fans around Doha, the capital of the country. In fact, the images of the different fan groups are always repeated the same, with the same shots and almost identical actions by the people involved. The very behavior of the fans seems to have been carefully edited and studied by a director who educated the extras. Even the filming seems to always be done by the same personwith the same angle and always at the same right distance from the crowds.