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17:50 | November 21, 2022

The BBC’s decision not to broadcast the opening ceremony of the World Cup live during the main report on Sunday has drawn criticism from many sports fans.

The opening of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar was held at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, where African-American movie star Morgan Freeman was among the guests, with Korean K-pop star Jungkook performing a mini-concert.

The BBC relegated the ceremony to the “Red Button” service and online, but BBC One decided not to broadcast the ceremony live, instead mentioning human rights and alleged allegations against Qatar.

“It’s the most controversial World Cup in history and a ball hasn’t even been kicked,” said Lineker, a former England football captain who was among the hosts of the broadcaster’s World Cup programme.

Lineker’s comment was shared by many and recalled a recent statement by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who defended Qatar from what he called Western “hypocrisy” amid criticism of the Gulf nation’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

“Europe should stop the criticism and focus on improving the conditions of its migrants… What we Europeans have done in the last 3,000 years, we should apologize for the next 3,000 years before we start giving moral lessons,” he said. Saturday.

Meanwhile, users also accused the BBC of “double standards” on social media, asking why the broadcaster did not take the same approach when the 2022 Winter Olympics took place in China and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Users also shared the Daily Mirror’s story – titled England’s £115 ($136) Qatar World Cup shirts made by Thai factory workers paid just £1 an hour – in response to human rights allegations against Qatar.

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