The 40,000-seat venue in Al Wakrah is drawing comparisons to female anatomy, producing countless jokes on Twitter and the usual sexist puns, wrote Patrick Blennerhassett.
First off, an investigation after a British man fell to his death at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha found that as many as 4,000 workers building the venues for the tournament could perish by 2022 (more than 1,200 have died already).
Compounding this are allegations of horrible working conditions and slavery. Qatar already has a dismal human rights record: rampant abuse and exploitation of low-paid migrants, who number in the tens of thousands and hail predominately from India and Nepal.
In fact, foreign workers make up 88 per cent of Qatar’s 2.7 million people. And then there’s the Garcia Report, in which former US attorney Michael J. Garcia was tasked with investigating allegations of corruption in handing Qatar the bid.
Garcia was appointed in 2012 to investigate Fifa, and after a two-year investigation he submitted his report, which Fifa promptly refused to publish and instead release a summary clearing them of any wrongdoing.
Garcia resigned, obviously, and the full report leaked, detailing the obvious: rampant corruption when it came to the bidding process, not just by Qatar, but pretty much every bid for the 2018 tournament (which went to Russia) and the 2022 bid.