World Cup reporter baffled as she's asked to pick sentence for thief after being robbed

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The Argentinian journalist was reporting live from one of the fan parks made available to spectators attending the World Cup 2022 when she was robbed. She quickly reported the theft to the Qatari authorities and was left baffled when officers asked her what kind of punishment the thief should receive when caught. 

Ms Metzger said: “I went to the station and that was when the cultural differences began.

“The policewoman said to me ‘We have high-tech cameras everywhere and we are going to locate him with face detection. What do you want the justice system to do when we find him?”

She said she was then asked the questions: “What justice do you want? What sentence do you want us to give him?

“Do you want him to be sentenced to five years in prison? Do you want him to be deported?”

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Ms Metzger reported to the police after the broadcast and explained that items from her handbag had gone missing and were stolen.

When speaking to the police Ms Metzger did not ask for the thief to be punished but simply tried to report the crimes and get the incident investigated.

World Cup officials are yet to comment on the incident.

Approximately 15,000 facial-recognition systems cameras have been installed at stadiums in Qatar to facilitate investigations into crime and misconduct during the World Cup.

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Qatar has been facing global backlash aimed at the World Cup event holders amid accusations of human rights breaches.

An estimated 6,500 people died in the run-up to the competition, mostly labourers engaged to build stadiums and other infrastructures.

The country has also faced criticism over the poor treatment of LGBT people, which has been highlighted globally by Western countries who are participating in the tournament.

British comedian Joe Lycett said that he would donate £10,000 to charities if former England captain David Beckham withdrew from his Qatar World Cup deal to be their ambassador.

Mr Beckham has decided not to withdraw and has already stepped foot in Qatar and kept to his contract. 

Mr Lycett proceeded to shred the £10,000 on a live stream due to Mr Beckham’s choice to go ahead with the contract despite the ultimatum.

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Mr Beckham said in a pre-recorded message which was played in the Doha stadium: “Qatar dreamed of bringing the World Cup to a place that it had never been before, but that it wouldn’t be enough just to achieve things on the pitch – the pitch would be a platform for progress.”

He added: “Dreams can come true. That is why you are here. You share Generation Amazing’s twin passions for the game of football and for making the world a more tolerant and inclusive place.

“Every one of the great players I was lucky enough to play with started exactly the same way. In a back garden, park, or a street outside their home with just a ball and an imagination that they dared to let run wild.

“Almost two decades ago a small group of football lovers from Qatar had an equally fantastic dream: that they could bring the greatest football show on earth to their home country and to the Middle East for the very first time.

“And now we are here. Because when dreams are harnessed and mixed with dedication and hard work, they are no longer dreams. They become reality.”

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