Chaos and anger at Fifa’s fan festival on Qatar’s ‘extraordinary day’ | World Cup 2022

Ten minutes before the first World Cup held in the Middle East begins the prospect of watching Ecuador’s Enner Valencia put Qatar to the sword seems remote. “Sorry, sir, we’re full,” says the maître d’ of Desert Rose, one of the few restaurants showing the game in Doha’s Souq Waqif. Their outdoor screens can be viewed from the pavement, however. “Sorry, sir, you can’t stand there,” says a polite but firm security guard. “Move along, sir.”

Moving along through the bustling alleyways and squares there is little evidence to support the assertion of Qatar’s head coach,…

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