FIFA 23 Is Sportswashing Qatar’s Controversial World Cup 2022


screenshot: FIFA 23

The upcoming World Cup, which begins in Qatar later this month, is one of the most controversial in the tournament’s 92-year history. And it hasn’t started yet.

Granting this prestigious tournament to a small Gulf country that has no history or lineage in world football, It smells of corruption. The country’s use of migrant workers to build the infrastructure for the World Cup.who died in their country in thousands– Shameful. Qatar has not been able to guarantee the safety of LGBT people traveling to the country (that it It is illegal for men to be gay in Qatar), the government already Warning to travelers –sports fansAbout trying to bring alcohol across the border. Plans to force visitors to install an app on their phones—Ostensibly for the causes of Covid-19, but it will also be able to track their movements and phone use at all times-they were Just dropped last week After widespread international opposition.

While anticipation for the tournament itself is high as always – you can keep it on the moon and fans of the 32 participating nations will still be glued to their seats – the excitement of the World Cup as Eventwhose fans travel around the world to come and celebrate on the grounds, not even in the same stadium as we’ve seen at other World Cups in Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the United States, South Africa or Brazil.

Earlier this year, the Norwegian football chief gave a speech at the annual FIFA Congress He said the decision to award the competition to Qatar was “unacceptable”.While FIFPro has also published a letter criticizing Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers.

In France, the largest fan group for the national team Say “Their trip size will be only one-sixth of their size in Russia.” 5,000 Dutch people traveled to Russia in 2018—Itself a widely controversial championship!– Only 3000 will go to Qatar. While the cost-of-living crisis in Europe and lingering Covid concerns are also contributing to this, Qatar’s human rights record, visitor restrictions and security concerns have also been cited by fans as reasons for staying home.

danish team They will wear uniforms expressly designed to protest the Qatari government (And the maker of these kits, Hummel, will boycott the tournament entirely), while Australia – citing reports from Amnesty International, among others –They also posted a video criticizing the situation of migrant workers.

All of this may explain why The Qatari government has started paying for tickets and flights for some fans in exchange for positive coverage of the event. Although you have to wonder why they bother, when international video game publishers can do a lot of sports wash work for them.

EA Sports is about to release an official World Cup mode for its flagship sports series FIFA 23And while the download itself sounds great — you can play the entire tournament, recreate games based on match-day squads and recreate history by getting into teams that didn’t actually qualify — there’s a big chunk in the middle (unsurprisingly).

It’s all about the Match Day Experience, a slide I’ve set up for autoplay below. Consider everything I just said as you watch these digital fans mingle with joy and party in the streets:

FIFA 23 | The official presentation of the FIFA World Cup Deep Dive

Ah, what a great time everyone (Well not quite!) In these wonderful new stadiums (Built by thousands of dead slave laborers!(in such a prestigious tournament)Awarded in some of the most corrupt circumstances in the history of sports!). None of this is surprising, of course, but it’s still worth noting. Will some fans continue to travel to Qatar and have fun? naturally! Is an official license licensed AAA video game publisher expected to behave like this? definitely! Is it still bad? surely!


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