Less than two months before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, more and more football fans are likely to disagree with the organization of this event where FIFA is careful not to raise a finger despite many scandals. Since then, it is no longer a question of canceling the tournament, but of removing it from one’s mind due to personal behavior, even if it means stopping the habits of consuming football from a television. The floor is with the boycotters.
The World Cup in Qatar is just a few weeks away. Despite an ounce of revolt initiated by Norway, but quickly suppressed by the FFF, nothing can stop FIFA and Qatar from their cooperation, even the NGOs that are most reluctant to this event on the planet. On the other hand, it can still inform the plebs of the fact that the event is still being happily debated. On this subject, Amnesty International published a poll on Thursday in which 48% of the French considered “can’t” watched at least one match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup scheduled for Qatar. Popular anger represented by some football figures like Éric Cantona, ready to skip the competition without turning off his TV. “In life, there are things more important than footballexplained by king as of last week’s writing. Anyway, I’m going to watch all the episodes of Columbo again, I haven’t seen it in a while. »
Ecological aberration, cemeteries and the PSG paradox
If it is not necessary to go through the facies of the late Peter Falk, some football consumers in normal times intend to go through the boycott. The founder of Irresistibles Français, Fabien Bonnel belongs to this category. “It’s my personal decisionexplained the 38-year-old man. So it is not representative of the association, even though many of us are boycotting this World Cup. We leave each member the option to go or not through a general meeting. Some of the members go there and do all the competitions. » As a symbol, the question divides even within the main group of Blues supporters. “With the climate there, I suspect it will be complicated to go to stadiums in classic conditions.continued Fabien. Since then, the problem of air-conditioned stadiums has weighed on the fact that I endorse this organization less and less. The final shift is the publication of the death toll of workers and the harsh working conditions of foreign employees. All this has stirred things up among supporters on an international scale to condemn this World Cup in Qatar. »
Apparently, these revelations are not enough to clear the stadiums built in the desert, the Argentines are the best proof of this. But that doesn’t stop you from being angry. “In fact, there are all the mistakes of the previous Worlds in a worse waybelieves Franck *, 36 years old and business manager. They have even created new ones with a fashionable attitude “We have money and we are flirting with you.” All major sporting events have their dark side, but this is exactly the so-called dark side. There, everything is done in broad daylight without it being a problem for anyone! I will do a complete boycott, I don’t want anything that reminds me of this World Cup that has defiled my heart sport. » With at least 6,500 deaths at World Cup sites since 2010 according to Amnesty International’s report, Qatar is walking barefaced. “I was shocked by the conditions of the stadiumssummary of Maurice*, sales manager. Usually, I’m all excited to buy the Panini album to collect the cards. This time I won’t buy it for the first time. I don’t watch the matches, so I’ll forget the bars for a month, and I won’t buy the jersey of the French team. »
With Fabien, who is used to traveling to support the Blues, the reasoning is the same. “I’m not innocent to party in cemeteries, where people gave up their lives to put stones that I jump to support my team.he imagined. As a supporter who actively participates in these competitions in normal times, not watching this event is an action. That said, I also thought to myself: “If I don’t go, isn’t watching the event on TV also an acceptance of the event?” Today, TV rights tend to be stronger than the presence of a supporter in a stadium, because it consumes more money thanks to the viewers and the visibility of the sponsors. TV is the machinery of the football business. That’s why I decided not to watch the World Cup, because human rights and environmental rights are stronger than my passion for football. »
Anyway, but in this case, shouldn’t we also boycott PSG matches since the arrival of QSI? “I don’t watch their games anymore.said Maurice, 38. I like Paris Saint-Germain with Weah, Ginola, Valdo. But there, not PSG. To summarize, my dislike for this football is growing. I watch OM out of love, but the values it conveys appeal to me less. Qatar is the paroxysm. Money, bling-bling, too much, enough! » For Franck, the answer was more sarcastic. “When I watch PSG matches, it’s just for the joy of seeing them lose. I only watch them from the last stages of the Champions League, it gives me nice slices of marrade every year , thanks to them! »
“If France wins, I won’t buy their shirt”
In favor of the idea of organizing a World Cup in Qatar, France has finally been caught in its own trap, and the most hypocritical behavior has been exposed in recent times. “When Idrissa Gueye refused to wear the LGBT colored jersey (on May 14, editor’s note), Leaders and ministers in search of popularity are outraged, playing the great white knights by imposing themselves as paragons of virtue and defenders of human rights.Frank recalled. But when two weeks ago the organizers of the World Cup said that LGBT flags would be banned from stadiums, it was complete radio silence! From knighthood, they became Jacquouille la Fripouille. That was it “Yes sir, of course sir!”, when it is the right moment to make a coup. The FFF could have made the jerseys in LGBT colors, then I would be proud and I would watch the matches in France with a smile on my face. »
It remains to be seen if the promises will be followed by action, and especially if France’s Homeric journey to the World Cup final will inspire Fabien, Maurice and Franck to backpedal. “I remain in the spirit of not watching a single match in this competitiontrusted the first city. I wish the best to the French team, that they are world champions for the third time and that they put me in real trouble when they go to the final. At that time, I can see where my morals are. » The temptation of the beer-peanut-raclette combo before a historic game for the Blues with Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema coincidentally in attack, impossible to resist? “It will be difficult, but I will not look at France in the finalsupported Maurice. Anyway, I don’t like this team. » The closer the deadline, the more the pressure of friends will be felt and the strength of each opponent in the Qatari World Cup will undoubtedly be tested.
“Right now, I’m proud to say to those around me that I don’t lookFrank admitted. But like every hangover, I told myself “never again!”, then comes next Saturday night… In any case, I am sure of one thing: if France wins, I will never buy their jersey. I can’t wear this third star probably embroidered by the widows of “workers”. » Regardless of the national championship or the prestigious Champions League, the World Cup will take place for the first time in history in the middle of winter in Europe. “Friday night, I was at the Stade de France to see the Blues play AustriaFabien concluded.Discussions around the World Cup in Qatar came to the table, some asked me why I took this position … Me personally, I don’t push people not to go or not to watch, but I just encourage them to reflect on their feelings about all this. The look might be condescending. How far should we go in not condemning these actions? »
By Antoine Donnarieix
*Names have been changed for reasons of confidentiality.