The festive atmosphere inherent in the World Cup is already in full swing in Qatar. In any case, this is what images shared on social networks suggest. Thousands of people parading in the streets, wearing the jerseys of their favorite nations, singing, etc. Staged? This is what many Internet users say who doubt the authenticity of these gatherings and point to the role played by the organizers.
“The best Belgian player? Vincent Kompany”. These so-called Belgium supporters have obviously not followed Robert Martinez’s latest selections carefully, nor followed the professional trajectory of the former City defender. An additional argument for Internet users who assure that Qatar is not invaded by real fans, but by fake supporters hired by the organizers.
In recent days, images of large gatherings of fans in Doha have been shared on social media. Last Friday, several groups of (pseudo?) supporters gathered and formed a long procession in the colors of their country. Usually, this kind of event is very strictly monitored by the security forces. But there, the supervision was clearly more discreet.
The parade to camouflage the void?
The enthusiasm was there. But fictional? Many observers agree: everything seemed a little too perfect.
According to AFP, many fans were actually locals, people from India and migrant workers paid by World Cup organizers to give the impression that the fans are already numerous and that the fever of the World Cup s took over the country.
“Qatar workers also love football and they have bought many tickets for the matches,” said one of the parade organizers, who wished to remain anonymous.
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