Qatar World Cup fans 'unable to buy water' as some face gruelling trek in 30-degree heat


Some FIFA World Cup guests have been saddled with a one-hour walk to find drinking water after arriving at a fan park near Lusail Stadium, according to reports. Thousands of supporters are descending on Qatar with the host nation’s curtain-raiser against Ecuador poised to kick off on Sunday. 

Although the 2022 World Cup is the first to ever be held in November and December, temperatures are still relatively high in Doha and surrounding cities. England players were pictured taking extreme measures to cool off during their first few training sessions in the sweltering conditions. 

Fans’ endurance is also being put to the test as they arrived at a fan village near Lusail Stadium on Saturday. BBC Sport claims that supporters have started to trickle into the area, which lies a few miles north of Doha, but early issues have arisen on drinking water. 

Supposedly, people are only able to buy drinking water while wearing a wristband, but there remains confusion over where to get hold of them. That has left some in a sticky situation, with temperatures touching 30 degrees. 

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter recently raised eyebrows by claiming that Qatar is ‘too small’ to host a event of this magnitude and that awarding them the tournament, which happened under his watch, was ‘a mistake’. Nevertheless, time is ticking down until proceedings properly get underway with Qatar and Ecuador set to face off on Sunday, less than 24 hours prior to England’s Group B opener against Iran. 

Current FIFA boss Gianni Infantino called a press conference on Saturday to address any lingering concerns on the eve of the football’s most prestigious international tournament. As the world watches on, Infantino called out Europe for their hypocritical views and insisted that Qatar is perfectly capable of defending itself. 

“We have been told many, many lessons from some Europeans, from the western world,” he said. “I think for what we Europeans have been doing the last 3,000 years we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons to people.

“You want to stay at home and say how bad they are, these Arabs, these Muslims, because it’s not allowed to be publicly gay. I believe it should be allowed. But it is a process. If someone thinks that hammering and criticising will achieve something, well I can tell you it will be exactly the opposite. It will close more doors.”


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