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World Cup coverage: The BBC played a blinder in calling out Qatar abuses

Pat Stacey


The channel ignored the opening ceremony and instead spent 30 minutes talking about FIFA corruption and the host nation’s criminalising of LGBTQ+ people

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Gary Lineker anchored the BBC’s World Cup coverage, which ignored the opening ceremony to focus on human rights

Gary Lineker anchored the BBC’s World Cup coverage, which ignored the opening ceremony to focus on human rights

Gary Lineker anchored the BBC’s World Cup coverage, which ignored the opening ceremony to focus on human rights

FIFA has a long and ignoble history of awarding the World Cup to some of the most corrupt and repressive nations on earth, stretching right back to 1934, when it was played in the Italy of Benito Mussolini, who saw it as a golden opportunity to promote fascism.

Were it not for the small matter of World War II breaking out, there was a 50-50 chance that the 1942 World Cup would have taken place in Nazi Germany. But FIFA has more than made up for that missed opportunity over the years.


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