Fans stranded at the World Cup who hoped to stay in “fan villages” are in custody. offered a full refund The Supreme Committee in charge of organizing the event, according to ESPN.
These fans were left without acceptable living conditions after the “fan villages” were left without basic amenities such as toilets and wash basins. “Fan Villages” were built to allow World Cup fans to attend the event cheaply. Fans figured that for $200 a night, they would live in a converted shipping container equipped with basic amenities. When these fans arrived, they discovered that some of the properties were unfinished and still under construction.
After outrage and complaints, the Supreme Committee, which is run by the government of Qatar, returned the money to these fans in full. The committee released a statement to ESPN saying the sites are operated by “individuals” and do not meet “the required standards that have been advertised to fans.”
Prior to the start of the World Cup, photos emerged showing what appears to be a completed – or nearly completed – “fan village”.
These images show several shipping containers dressed up to look like mini cabins, a soccer field, and a public observation deck.
Fan villages represent another contentious issue about the FIFA World Cup
The decision to host the World Cup in Qatar was criticized almost immediately. Homosexuality is criminalized in the country, which caused protests at the event. Some teams have worn rainbow headbands in support of LGBTQ fans, but these teams have been threatened with sanctions by FIFA if they continue to wear these headbands. In response, the German team shut their mouths in support of human rights.
Qatar has also come under fire for its treatment of migrant workers who have been building up the area in preparation for the World Cup. It is not clear how many workers died in order for Qatar to hold the event.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino attempted to address some of these issues during a press conference that was described by critics as “rude” and “outrageous”.