The Message of Unity from Qatar World Cup
The 2022 FIFA World Cup began on Sunday. Although the host team lost 0-2 to Ecuador, Qatar invited the world to unite and shed differences to enjoy soccer’s best event together.
DOHA, KOMPAS — Negative issues against the 2022 FIFA World Cup raised by the Western world were wiped out at the opening ceremony, which took place on Sunday evening (20/11/2022) Western Indonesia Time (WIB) at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor city, Qatar. The public was happy and cheerfully welcomed the biggest football tournament.
A week prior to the opening, Qatar was a target of bad publicity, such as the rumored presence of paid spectators, the alleged bribing of Ecuadorian players by Qatar’s national team and the protests against the ban on alcoholic drinks on the tribunes. The allegations were disproved with the national team’s 0-2 loss to Ecuador in the opening match.