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Like Ireland in 1981, Qatar is yet another character in a sporting tale of tragedy, greed and power

Nadine Doherty


Like Ireland in 1981, Qatar is yet another character in a sporting tale of tragedy, greed and power

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Fans will always support their team regardless of the politics associated with a tournament. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Fans will always support their team regardless of the politics associated with a tournament. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Fans will always support their team regardless of the politics associated with a tournament. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

The most controversial World Cup ever finally kicks off in Qatar today. The hosts will open the tournament against Ecuador in their brand new Al Bayt Stadium in front of 60,000 spectators.

Qatar has been much maligned for its shameful record of human rights abuses. Migrant workers, women, journalists, those who belong to the LGBTQ+ community and those who simply seek a basic freedom of expression are some of the human beings who are persecuted at the hands of the Qatari regime.


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