Qatar World Cup in another U-turn as FIFA scrap plans ahead of England vs Iran

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There is also a concern over the lack of enthusiasm from the host nation’s fans after several thousands of seats were left unoccupied towards the second half of their opening match against Ecuador.

Qatar were left embarrassed after being outclassed 2-0 by their Group A opponents, with Enner Valencia scoring both goals and having one disallowed by VAR for offside. And the absence of their fans in the stands by the final whistle was evident, raising fears about the lack of interest from Qatari natives.

There have been a number of late changes made to scheduling, with fans left furious at the decision to perform a U-turn on alcohol being sold in and around stadiums after objections were put forward by the Qatari officials. Supporters have also hit out at the state of accommodation in fan villages, despite prices starting at £185-a-night, casting doubt on Qatar’s ability to host such a global event.



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