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Ta-ta, Qatar! The host team are almost certainly excluded from the World Cup after only two games


After just two games and £200bn spent staging the tournament, Qatar appear to be left out of the 2022 World Cup as they failed to beat Senegal today.

After the loss to Ecuador on Sunday and a 3-1 loss to Senegal today, the host nation is virtually eliminated, barring random results.

A sense of humiliation must now creep in among Qatari officials, their country having hosted, by far, the most expensive sporting tournament in history. The small Middle Eastern nation is estimated to have spent around £200billion to host the 2022 World Cup.

Apart from the host team’s performance on the pitch, Qatar haven’t really covered themselves in glory off the pitch, with criticism over their historic treatment of migrant workers, human rights and gay rights .

Qatari fans sympathize after a 3-1 loss to Senegal today, with the host nation all but ruled out of their own World Cup

Devastated Qatar fans cheer their side as it looks unlikely they will progress to the knockout stage, pictured at Al Thumama Stadium

Devastated Qatar fans cheer their side as it looks unlikely they will progress to the knockout stage, pictured at Al Thumama Stadium

After the defeat against Ecuador on Sunday and a 3-1 defeat against Senegal today, Qatar are virtually excluded from the World Cup, barring a stroke of luck.

After the defeat against Ecuador on Sunday and a 3-1 defeat against Senegal today, Qatar are virtually excluded from the World Cup, barring a stroke of luck.

In 2017, Qatar’s finance minister said the country was spending nearly £500m a week just to build the infrastructure needed to host the world’s biggest sporting event.

Qatar had to build countless roads, hotel accommodations and travel infrastructure in preparation for the tournament, as well as eight stadiums to host the games.

All but one of the eight stadiums were built from scratch, with the wealthy country having very little football infrastructure before hosting the tournament.

Qatar built colossal stadiums resembling spaceships to host the World Cup.  Al Thumama Stadium in Doha is pictured

Qatar built colossal stadiums resembling spaceships to host the World Cup. Al Thumama Stadium in Doha is pictured

Qatar spent an estimated £200bn hosting the World Cup as it built stadiums like Al Janoub, Doha

Qatar spent an estimated £200bn hosting the World Cup as it built stadiums like Al Janoub, Doha

Ta-ta, Qatar! The host team are almost certainly excluded from the World Cup after only two games

In 2017, Qatar’s finance minister said the country was spending nearly £500m a week just to build infrastructure. The Lusail stadium (pictured) will host the World Cup final

Since winning the bid to host the tournament in 2010, Qatar has also faced serious allegations over its use of migrant labor to build infrastructure and stadiums for the tournament. Workers were paid just a penny a day to work in sweltering temperatures that put their lives at risk.

Officially, authorities in Doha say only three workers died building the stadiums – but human rights groups believe the true figure is at least in the hundreds, if not thousands.

A Mail investigation has found the deaths of 2,823 working-age foreigners have been recorded as unexplained since the £6.5billion construction blitz began in 2011, and there are fears the true death toll for workers does not exceed 6,000.

Human rights groups estimate that thousands of migrant workers died building the stadiums.  Lusail Stadium workers are pictured in 2019

Human rights groups estimate that thousands of migrant workers died building the stadiums. Lusail Stadium workers are pictured in 2019

The small Middle Eastern country has also been criticized for its staunchly conservative views, making homosexuality illegal. More than that, members of the LGBT community have had their lives threatened by the Qatari authorities.

Due to the country’s stance on gay rights, Qatari organizers banned ‘One Love’ armbands at the Qatar World Cup, preventing other national teams from promoting equality.

Captains from nine European nations, including England’s Harry Kane, Wales’ Gareth Bale and Germany’s Manuel Neuer, planned to wear One Love armbands promoting inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar, a country that criminalizes sexual assault. homosexual relationships.

Qatari defender Ismaiel Mohammed reacts after Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a save in the Qatar 2022 World Cup group game, giving the host nation little chance to advance

Qatari defender Ismaiel Mohammed reacts after Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a save in the Qatar 2022 World Cup group game, giving the host nation little chance to advance

Human Rights Watch revealed before the tournament began that Qatari police had arbitrarily detained and abused members of the LGBTQ community.

HRW said it had “documented six cases of severe and repeated beatings and five cases of sexual harassment in police custody between 2019 and 2022”.

The most recent case dates back to September, the US-based rights group said.

Four transgender women, a bisexual woman and a gay man have all recounted how members of the Interior Ministry’s Preventive Security Department detained and beat them in an underground prison in Doha.

After such a humiliating performance, in the face of defeat to Ecuador and Senegal, many in Qatar wonder if the expense of hosting the tournament was worth it.

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