Qatar officials threaten to smash cameras as fans share footage of ‘hell’ fan village at World Cup


Qatar is already in damage control as fans begin to upload footage of the hellish conditions that await in fan villages for the FIFA World Cup.

With less than two days until the opening ceremony and clash between the host nation and Ecuador, the fan villages still resemble construction sites.

Footage and images have shown piles of rubbles, ripped up turf and industrial machinery still on site at Rawdat Al Jahhaniya fan village, which will be home to thousands of England and Wales fans for the World Cup.

Promised amenities like a fitness centre, theatre and tennis court are also not present according to The Guardian. 

A Qatar official and security guard threaten to smash a camera belonging to an accredited media team. Qatar officials later apologised for the incident

Ripped turf at a fan village in Qatar

The fan villages resemble construction sites

Ripped turf at a fan village in Qatar which look more like construction sites just hours before the tournament is set to commence

Inside the cabins tiny air-conditioning units are unable to cool the space during the day and rattle too loudly at night to be usable.

‘This is what £185 [$330AUD] a night gets you in the Qatar World Cup fan village. Good luck getting any rest. The noise of the air conditioner [that doesn’t keep the container cool during the day] helps drown out the rest of the racket,’ one fan posted along with video footage on TikTok.

It is the latest black eye for the tournament which has already attracted complaints over cracks and holes inside stadium grounds and a last-minute backflip to ban beer from stadiums that left fans fuming.

The latest images and footage of the accommodation awaiting fans that have spend thousands has many comparing the village to a detention centre. 

‘Looks more like quarantine camp,’ one fan posted.

‘Bros paid money to go into quarantine,’ said another.

‘Kind of looks like a Swedish prison,’ added another.

‘I’ve been on work locations in middle of nowhere with better conditions and they paid me,’ a worker posted.

Tiny beds and paper-thin walls greet those who chose to stay in the tent accommodation at the fan villages for the Qatar World Cup

Tiny beds and paper-thin walls greet those who chose to stay in the tent accommodation at the fan villages for the Qatar World Cup

Others are already comparing the 2022 Qatar World Cup to the infamous Fyre Festival  

2022 World Cup is the new Fyre festival that was a failed luxury music festival founded by con artist Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule.

Guests were promised A-list entertainment and luxury accommodation on a deserted island but none of it was delivered. 

‘It took 5 yrs but they finally got the FYRE festival villas complete,’ one fan joked. 

‘You got a porta cabin what more you want?’ said another, tongue firmly in cheek.

‘And you expected what? In what is essentially a desert,’ posted another.

While some fans are in for disappointment, other visitors have already found themselves on the wrong side of Qatar security. 

Danish international correspondent Rasmus Tantholdt posted footage online being harrassed by Qatar officials and security.

He posted: ‘We now got an apology from Qatar International Media Office and from Qatar Supreme Commitee. This is what happened when we were broadcasting live’.

During the video Tantholdt switches between English and Danish as an official puts his hand over the camera lens.

‘Mr, you invited the whole world to come here, why can’t we film? It’s a public place,’ he asks.

‘This is our accreditation, we can film anywhere we want. No, no we don’t need permits.’

Is this the theatre that Qatar promised guests? Those looking to watch games will need to endure the searing desert sun

Is this the theatre that Qatar promised guests? Those looking to watch games will need to endure the searing desert sun

As the requests to move on turn to threats, he says: ‘You want to break the camera? OK let’s break the camera. You’re threatening us by smashing the camera’.

 The Times has also posted accounts of the fan accommodation from two contractors that were on-site and paid to put it all together.

‘It has been hell. The aircon in the cabin barely works and sounds like a (fighter jet) is taking off. Even if you have it on all the time during the day it is still 27C. You can’t have it on at night because it is so noisy,’ one said.

‘They are rock hard so you might as well sleep on the floor,’ he said. ‘I have never been somewhere so uncomfortable. We have been here for 10 days and it is a nightmare. It might be OK if you want to rough it for a night or two, but any longer would be dreadful.’ 

 

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