“From accusations of corruption in the bidding process to the treatment of migrant workers who built the stadiums where many lost their lives. Homosexuality is illegal here. Women’s rights and freedom of expression are in the spotlight.”
The coverage began with an in-depth look at the controversies surrounding the tournament, and people praised Lineker’s opening speech on social media.
\u201cGary Lineker treating his World Cup opening monologue with a tone as if it was a News Report.\u201d
\u201cOh Shit... @GaryLineker did not hold back with that opening monologue, fair play Lad, it needed to be said and you definitely delivered on all of our thoughts surrounding this World Cup\ud83d\udc4f\ud83c\udffc\ud83d\udc4f\ud83c\udffc\ud83d\udc4f\ud83c\udffc\u201d
\u201cgary lineker went straight into it this guy did not hold back at all \ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d\ud83d\ude2d bro listing off war crimes\u201d
Host nation Qatar plays Ecuador in the opening game of the tournament, which will feature 64 games including the final on December 18.
It comes as Qatar is being condemned for notions of sportswashing, reports of 6,500 migrant worker deaths, appalling attitudes to LGBTQ+ rights and claims of modern slavery and a host of other problems.
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