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Every day, “l’Obs” tells you about the daily life and the strangeness of the World Cup in Qatar, which began on November 20. This World Cup of all the controversies – environmental cost, flouted human rights, bereaved construction sites, suspicions of corruption – takes place in an unprecedented atmosphere. Hour by hour, follow behind the scenes of the competition of all excesses and find our reports and decryptions in our special file.
4 p.m. – A first game without a goal
A few hours before the first match of the France team, its next two opponents in Group D, Tunisia and Denmark separated with a 0-0.
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2 p.m. – Blinken laments LGBT armband ban
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Tuesday a“extremely worrying” Fifa’s ban on an armband promoting LGBT+ rights during World Cup matches.
The world football body threatened to “sporting sanctions” European teams whose players wore the multicolored armband ” One Love “while NGOs denounce the criminalization of homosexuality by the ultra-conservative Gulf emirate.
1:10 p.m. – First sensation of the World Cup
Nothing will be spared the Qataris: Saudi Arabia, the emirate’s eternal rival, has just achieved the first sensation of the World Cup on their soil, breaking Argentina’s unbeaten streak (2-1) . A historic feat for the team trained by the Frenchman Hervé Renard, rather accustomed to routs in major competition, and the first surprise of this World Cup. Saudi fans are in a trance amid the skyscrapers of Doha.
11:30 a.m. – Who will be able to stop the Argentinians?
Facing the modest Saudis, the legendary Lionel Messi, who is probably playing his last World Cup at 35, scored his first goal of the tournament, on a generous penalty after 10 minutes of play. The Albiceleste are undefeated since July 2019 , or 36 matches. In this interval, the Argentinians have notably won the Copa America, in 2021. If it won over Saudi Arabia, the team would be tied in invincibility with the Squadra Azzurra, the Italian national team.
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11 am – Homophobia in football? “Folklore” for Lloris
For an interview conducted a few months ago as part of an anti-homophobia clip in football, goalkeeper and captain of the Blues Hugo Lloris recognizes that homosexuality in football is ” a taboo topic “. But, as the media Stop on Images reveals, he goes on to explain that homophobic insults are part of “folklore in football”.
“When you’re on the pitch, it’s part of the decor, the fans who are sleeping, you can be insulted. In a pinch, we can use it as additional motivation in adversity, we want to do battle on the ground. »“Folklore”: an interview with Lloris on homophobia stifled by the FFF
The video would then have been buried by the French Football Federation. The FFF has in any case decided not to broadcast it. “Frankly I think the FFF never really wanted to broadcast this clip…”assures Yoann Lemaire, the former player who carried out the interview.
10 a.m. – Ask for the program
Four meetings are taking place this Tuesday, November 22: Argentina-Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m., Denmark-Tunisia at 2 p.m., Mexico-Poland at 5 p.m. At 8 p.m., the Blues will play their first pool match against Australia. May the best win.
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9 a.m. – No LGBT T-shirts… even for journalists
Rainbow is not allowed in Qatar. With his accreditation, the American freelance journalist Grant Wahl was blocked from entering the Al Rayyan stadium when he was supposed to cover the match between the United States and Wales at the end of the day on Monday. In question: his t-shirt, which featured a balloon surrounded by a rainbow in the middle, an assumed reference to the colors of the LGBTQ community.
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On Twitter, the journalist assured that a security member also confiscated his mobile phone. In a short article posted on his site, he recounted having been held for more than thirty minutes in front of the stadium: a security guard then explained to him that his suit was ” Politics “. “You can make it easier, take off your t-shirt”he intimated to her.
8 a.m. – Hiccups at the ticket office
“Open doors in Senegal – Netherlands: you can access it without a ticket! », headlined the Spanish sports news newspaper “Marca” on Monday evening. Following a computer problem at the entrance to the stadium, supporters were able to enter the stands without a ticket. They only had, according to the daily, to present the Hayya, the entry visa to Qatar.
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This incident is not isolated. A similar quack occurred during the match between England and Iran, organized at the Khalifa International Stadium. According to “Foot Mercato”, the computer problem, linked in particular to the application set up by FIFA for everything relating to ticketing, caused the opening of all the doors of the stadium.