Qatar is already in damage control as fans start uploading footage of the hellish conditions awaiting them in FIFA World Cup fan villages.
Less than two days before the opening ceremony and the duel between the host country and Ecuador, the fan villages are still like construction sites.
Footage and images show piles of debris, uprooted turf and industrial machinery still at the Rawdat Al Jahhaniya fan village, which will host thousands of England and Wales fans for the World Cup.
Promised amenities like a fitness center, theater, and tennis court are also missing, according to The Guardian.
A Qatari officer and security guard threaten to smash up a camera belonging to an accredited media team. Qatar officials later apologized for the incident
Torn turf in a Qatari fan village that looks more like construction sites just hours before the start of the tournament
Inside the cabins, tiny air conditioners can’t cool the room during the day and rattle too loudly at night to use.
“That’s £185 [$330AUD] one night takes you to the Qatar World Cup Fan Village. Good luck resting. The sound of the air conditioner [that doesn’t keep the container cool during the day] helps drown out the rest of the thug,” one fan posted on TikTok, along with video footage.
It’s the latest black eye for the tournament, which has already drawn complaints about cracks and holes in stadium grounds and a last-minute backflip to ban beer from stadiums that has infuriated fans.
The latest pictures and footage of the shelter awaiting fans who have spent thousands have many comparing the village to a detention center.
“Looks more like a quarantine camp,” one fan posted.
“Bros paid money to go into quarantine,” said another.
“Looks like a Swedish prison,” added another.
“I’ve been to jobs in the middle of nowhere with better conditions and they paid me,” one worker wrote.
Tiny beds and paper-thin walls greet those who have chosen to stay in the tented accommodations in the Qatar World Cup support villages
Others are already comparing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the infamous Fyre Festival
The 2022 World Cup is the new Fyre festival, which was a failed luxury music festival founded by con artist Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule.
Guests were promised top-notch entertainment and luxurious desert-island accommodations, but none of that was delivered.
“It’s taken 5 years but they’ve finally finished the mansions for FYRE festival,” joked one fan.
“You have a porta cabin, what more do you want?” said another, tongue firmly in cheek.
“And what did you expect? In a desert,” wrote another.
While some fans will be disappointed, other visitors have already found themselves on the wrong side of Qatar safety.
Danish international correspondent Rasmus Tantholdt posted online footage of Qatari officials and security forces harassing them.
He wrote: “We have now received an apology from the Qatar International Media Office and the Qatar Supreme Committee. This happened when we were broadcasting live.
During the video, Tantholdt switches between English and Danish while an officer puts his hand over the camera lens.
“Lord, you invited the whole world here, why can’t we film? It’s a public place,” he asks.
“That’s our accreditation, we can film wherever we want. No, no, we don’t need permits.’
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When pleas to move on turn into threats, he says, “You want to break the camera? OK, let’s break the camera. You threaten us by smashing the camera.
The Times also ran reports on the fan accommodations of two contractors who were on site and were paid to put everything together.
“It was hell. The air conditioning in the cabin barely works and sounds like a (fighter jet) taking off. Even if you have it on all the time during the day it’s still 27C. You can’t leave it on at night because it’s so noisy,” said one.
“They’re rock hard, so you might as well sleep on the floor,” he said. “I’ve never been in such an uncomfortable place. We’ve been here for 10 days and it’s a nightmare. It might be ok if you want to rough it up for a night or two, but longer would be awful.’