Nov 24, 2022
Furious football fans slam Qatar organisers as they arrive at their $330-a-night World Cup accommodation to discover it’s still being built
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A furious football fan has slammed organisers after arriving at their World Cup accommodation in Qatar to find it was still being built.
Migrant workers who worked 14-hour shifts and slept on the ground were still completing cabins in the Al-Emadi fan village near Doha, that cost $330AUD a night, the Daily Mail revealed on Tuesday.
A TikToker with more than 1.96million views gave fans an insight into the cramped, expensive cabins as they were left in a state of disbelief that the rooms were still being constructed as they arrived.
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Arriving at their cabin, the TikToker showed a huge amount of materials yet to be installed, rubbish and multiple people still working in the cabin, which was clearly unfinished.
Other videos on the account show large numbers of workers rushing to complete a variety of jobs, from cleaning to plumbing and installing appliances and furniture.
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The large number of examples of either unfinished cabins, or finished cabins that were either filthy or shoddily built, didn't go down well.
Many fans were in disbelief that such terrible accommodation could cost more than $300 a night.
Other commenters appeared to be Qataris who dismissed the mountain of evidence as fake news, and slammed the fan for expecting more value for money.
'Whatever you tell (sic), you're enemies will always deny and your friends will always believe. Go Qatar ... don't care what your enemies say,' one fan, who defended Qatar wrote.RELATED ARTICLES
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Many also compared the disastrous accommodation to the infamous Fyre Festival and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Right from the moment fans arrived in Doha, it was clear World Cup accommodation - both expensive and 'cheap' - would be a disaster.
'But really? Is this what they're going to put us in. Metal containers with no air, very little light and like a shoebox?' one Welsh fan, who asked not to be named, told the Daily Mail.
'There is no room to move or to store your luggage. A tiny table can just about hold a bowl of cornflakes.'
Some cabins still completely unfurnished shells when fans arrived. Unplumbed toilets were stacked outside as workers hammered and drilled together cheap flat-pack beds and wardrobes to furnish them.
Many of the $330-a-night fans zone being marketed to World Cup fans were still incomplete as they arrived
Workers at the Al-Emadi fan village in Doha, Qatar, prepare rooms for the arrival of supporters
Qatar has set up 30,000 rooms - with space for up to 60,000 guests - at 'fan villages' for the World Cup, though lines of prefab buildings resemble shipping containers
Two Indian migrant workers, who were earning just $44 a day, said site bosses were offering further ad-hoc bonuses of $44 to encourage them to work faster to finish jobs.
More than a million people are expected to descend on the small desert peninsula, which has a population of just 300,000 Qataris, excluding expats and migrant workers, for the tournament.
The furnished cabins, seen by Sportsmail, are extremely basic for the cost. A pipe from mobile air-conditioning units is fed out through a hole in the wall and the same tap is used to work the water for both the toilet and the shower. Meanwhile, electric fans provide some additional ventilation.
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Double dutch! British football fan, 48, calls for help in tracking down doppelganger after spotting Netherlands supporter who looks his spitting image in the crowd of World Cup game in Qatar
A British football fan has called for help in tracking down his doppelganger after spotting him in the crowd at a World Cup game in Qatar.
After just over 10 minutes into the match, the camera zoomed in on a Dutch supporter with a bushy beard and slicked back hair, wearing black-rimmed specs.
Speaking today, Mr Hunt said he had to 'pinch himself' after his doppelganger appeared in front of him.
Steve Hunt, 48, from Norwich, Norfolk, couldn't believe his eyes while watching the Netherlands vs USA game from home on Saturday
Mr Hunt, a wellbeing coordinator, said he paused the TV and zoomed in on the man, who was wearing a Netherlands kit with scarf wrapped around his neck.
The dad-of-two said: 'I had to pinch myself.
'I was looking at myself on the screen in the crowd in Qatar and thinking "But I'm here, I'm not in Qatar".
'I was thinking there must be a parallel universe, and that time portals had crossed over and that I was in two places at the same time.'
Mr Hunt's wife, Syreeta, was too left shocked by the eerie similarity after she walked into the room to see her husband staring at the screen rather than watching the game.
Mrs Hunt said: 'My first reaction wad stupid. I thought "What the hell is my husband doing in Qatar while I'm stuck in Norwich".'
After just over 10 minutes into the match, the camera zoomed in on a Dutch supporter with a bushy beard and slicked back hair, wearing black-rimmed specs
Mr Hunt, a wellbeing coordinator, said he paused the TV and zoomed in on the man, who was wearing a Netherlands kit with scarf wrapped around his neck
She said that within minutes of the look-a-like appearing on screen, her and her husband's mobiles started pinging with messages.
Mrs Hunt, 47, said: 'Everyone we know starting texting or calling - even Steve's mum called saying she didn't know that her son even liked football, let alone that he was supporting the Dutch, not England.RELATED ARTICLES
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'We had to tell her Steve was sat at home watching the match, but she didn't believe me, so I had to FaceTime her and show her Steve sitting on the sofa to prove he was at home.'
She added: 'If even his own mum thought it was him, then the resemblance really is something - we have to find out who this guy is.'
Mr Hunt's wife, Syreeta, was too left shocked by the eerie similarity after she walked into the room to see her husband staring at the screen rather than watching the game
Mr Hunt said he even asked his mum if she 'was sure' that he didn't have a secret identical twin, adding: 'She said she was 'sure' that I didn't have an identical twin, and I suppose I believe her.
'The only way to tell for definite is for me to meet up with this guy and meet his family - I wonder if his mum and dad look just like mine?'
Steve said he was planning on putting an appeal out on social media - and was going to watch the Netherlands v Argentina on Friday to see if he could spot his lookalike in the crowd again.