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BBC slammed for boycotting Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 opening ceremony

FIFA President Gianni Infantino defended Qatar from the ongoing backlash from certain international media outlets.

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International media outlet BBC is coming under strong criticism for not boycotting the FIFA World Cup 2022 opening ceremony in Qatar Sunday.

The broadcaster is facing intense backlash from football fans around the world for not broadcasting the opening ceremony in favor of the criticism of Qatar. BBC instead broadcasted stories of alleged human rights violations in Qatar.

Former England Football captain Lineker called it the most controversial opening ceremony in world cup matches. “It’s the most controversial World Cup in history and a ball hasn’t even been kicked,” said Lineker in his remarks while commenting on the ongoing world cup match in Qatar.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino defended Qatar from the ongoing backlash from certain international media outlets.

“Europe should stop the criticism and focus on improving its migrants’ conditions. … What we Europeans have been doing for the last 3,000 years, we should be apologizing for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons,” he said on Saturday.

Piers Morgan, the popular TV host in the UK, criticized the UK for not airing the ceremony while many footballs fans home awaited to watch it. “Outrageously disrespectful to Qatar that the BBC didn’t broadcast the World Cup opening ceremony, and instead put out more virtue-signaling guff about how awful it is. If they’re that appalled, they should bring home their vast army of employees & spare us this absurd hypocrisy,” said Qatar.

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BBC is being criticized for ignoring accusations against China and Russia previously.  MSNBC host Ayman said, “The BBC didn’t air Qatar’s World Cup opening ceremony in protest. Yet just 9 months ago, the BBC aired the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in China, a country literally accused of committing genocide. GTOH with your sanctimony. The epitome of hypocrisy and double standards.”

Another journalist called the BBC a ‘shameful mouthpiece of state’.