Anti-discrimination group Fare Network has been working to monitor discriminatory behaviour around World Cup games. However, considering the ruthless summer heat of Qatar, the dates were changed.
Broadcasters are accused of focusing on young women watching the World Cup. “There’s no platform like the World Cup to break down stereotypes”, Al Thawadi told RT hosts Neil Harvey and Danish goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel in Moscow.
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“For now it’s 32, but a decision has not been taken yet”, Infantino replied abruptly when asked about the make up of the Qatar tournament.
It has also changed the perception of the world about Russian Federation.
“It’s a different culture, it’s not a restrictive culture as people think it might be”, Al Thawadi said.
“We had 98 per cent stadium occupancy, more than one million fans travelling from overseas, more than three billion viewers on TV. Around a million people have come to Russian Federation and everyone has discovered a wonderful and welcoming country”. “We’ve done it as well with our host broadcast services”, he continued, before adding that it is not yet part of “proactive campaign”.
If you go to Google and type in the words “World Cup” and “women fans” what comes up is images of handsome women dressed in their nations colours and usually wearing short shorts or crop tops.
“But it has shown as well some very, very good skills, and at the end, it was very tight”, he said.
“VAR is not changing football, it is cleaning football, making it more honest and transparent and helping referees to make the right decisions”.
The next four years were also discussed in a meeting held on Friday (13 July) between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the managing director of the SC, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani.
According to him, this technology has been used, up to now on 440 occasions, it has led to the revision of 19 plays, out of which 16 were correct decisions. “Everyone knows that if they do this [miming an elbow in the face], one of the 36 or so cameras will spot it and you will be sent off”, he said.