Mondial-2022 in Qatar: no European boycott in sight
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Since the awarding of the FIFA World Cup to Qatar in 2010, this choice has continued to fuel controversy. In question, in particular, the ecological cost of the event, with air-conditioned stadiums in the middle of the desert and daily round trips by plane between Qatar and neighboring countries to transport supporters. According to Fifa, the World would produce 3.6 million tons of CO2, five times more for NGOs. Another controversial subject: the working conditions of migrant workers who came to build the infrastructure, which would have caused the death of hundreds, even thousands of them.

The most fundamental human rights are not respected in Qatar: homosexuality is punishable by sentences of up to seven years in prison and women continue to be subject to a system of male guardianship, denounced Amnesty International, in a report published in 2021.

Embarrassed at the corners, Europeans have been criticizing FIFA’s choice for the 2022 World Cup for several months: calls for a boycott, banners in the stadiums, no giant screens or fan zones in the big cities… so many measures which will not, however, upset this World Cup. So what lessons should the 27 draw from this exercise and the following ones?

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