In the closet, the tricolor flags and the two-star jerseys. As exhilarating as it is, love for football knows its limits. Violations of human rights, the environment, deaths on construction sites… Some passionate supporters believe that the red line has been crossed by the Qatari organizer.
However, despite calls for a boycott, the French massively follow this World Cup, as the French team advances in the competition. Saturday evening, the victory of the Blues against England (2-1) brought together 17.7 million viewers, the best audience of the year for TF1, and even the record since 2018.
The hope of a large-scale collective denunciation has fizzled. Even those who had sworn to turn their backs on the competition have to deal with the reproaches of those around them, the desire to vibrate with the national team still in the running, or the impossibility of cutting themselves off from the news. “L’Obs” gives the floor to five supporters torn by this dilemma.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar
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“Without being a fan hard core football, I follow all the World Cups since 1994. For me, the one in Qatar means no matches on TV, no replay on the Internet and not reading sports articles. I also refrain from monitoring live scores and notifications on the phone.
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