According to a report by ECO, most Portuguese municipalities will not have spaces for football fans to watch the World Cup in Qatar. Although some repudiate the disrespect for human rights in the country, they ensure that the decision not to have these spaces during the 2022 tournament is not a form of protest, as other European cities have assumed. It is due instead to the investment that would be required because it is a rainy and cold season, or because other initiatives are planned.
The mayor of Braga, Ricardo Rio, told ECO that “although the municipality repudiates the lack of respect for human rights in Qatar, that is not what determines this option for not organizing the Fan Zone”. “A World Cup that takes place in the middle of winter would require a significant investment on the part of the municipality in logistics”.
Some French cities, like Paris and Marseille, will not create fan zones in the main squares as a way of boycotting the Football World Cup in Qatar. Because of the exploitation of workers during the construction of stadiums for the event and the attacks on human rights.
In this regard, the mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, pointed out to Lusa that “the choice of a country like Qatar, very small geographically, with the issue of heat and human rights, seemed to be a bad deal for football.”
“It is something that has not improved, and the issue of the rights of workers and the people who died there in the construction of stadiums worries me more than anything else. It is something that does not dignify the world of football.”
Despite this , the Porto Chamber guarantees that the decision not to have public areas for citizens to watch the World Cup matches has nothing to do with its position on Qatar, but is due to the weather conditions and the investment that all the logistics would require.
Lisbon is another of the cities that will not create areas with screens. In response to ECO, the municipality states that “the Lisbon City Council will not have any fan zone in the city to follow the Qatar World Cup”.
Albufeira council said that they will also not have any screens, stating that “restaurants, cafes and hotels will focus on this aspect and, therefore there would not be many people wanting the screens, particularly in the winter”.
The Municipality of Matosinhos is also on the list of municipalities that will not have this type of space. “We are not going to have a giant screen for viewing the games. Unlike other competitions, as this year the World Cup takes place in winter, there are no favourable weather conditions for outdoor gatherings”, justifies the municipality, in statements to ECO.
I assume that there will be no outdoor - or indoor - public viewing areas for any major sport event in Portugal during the winter season. Or might this still have to do with prejudice towards Qatar (or middle eastern countries in general)?
By Tom from Lisbon on 20 Nov 2022, 16:18
“The FIFA boss said he faced discrimination in Europe as a child. “I am [the] son of migrant workers — my parents were working very, very hard, in very, very difficult conditions — not in Qatar, in Switzerland,” he said. “I know,” he added, “what it means to be discriminated, to be bullied as a foreigner.”(in Politico.EU news, by Lily Bayer, on 19/11/2022, article “FIFA Chief accuses Qatar critics of double standards”) When people are morally bankrupt and don´t have anything else to hold on to, they have to resort to virtue signalling to distract from their own carelessness and inhumanity at home. (It´s much easier this way than to point out what´s seriously wrong OVER HERE. When that´s the case, you´ll see them all quiet “as a mouse”.) LOL A while back, there were demonstrations in several European Countries against Israeli oppression of Palestinians. Local AI didn´t say a word. However, I did get an unexpected e-mail from Portuguese A.I. director thanking me for my good work, lolol To this day no one at AI main headquarters has managed to tell me how he got hold of my e-mail (don´t know the guy, certainly wasn´t informed in e-mail how he got it). You see, Tom, it´s all about “good pretence.” ;) Makes 1 wonder what these institutions are really about. Lol. Those that can´t be bothered to do their jobs, preach. (Do as I say, not as I don´t do? lol)
By guida from Lisbon on 21 Nov 2022, 05:56
Could you not forget football for one minute and show some respect and congratulate the superb Portuguese Lobos who beat USA to qualify for the world cup2023.In case you you dont understand I am referring to RUGBY
By Jeremy from Algarve on 21 Nov 2022, 07:50
In this day and age with nearly every household having at least a television and a smartphone, there is no need ever to have large screens in public showing sporting events. This is 2022, not 1942! Also it's better to keep potentially rowdy fans indoors and off the streets. Neither seen nor heard would be my preference!
By Billy Bissett from Porto on 21 Nov 2022, 11:24
I am myself boycotting the games because of the human ethics of it all. As a matter of fact, since all signs point to a Qatar pay-off for hosting, i just might never wat FIFA again since they seem as corrput as Qatar has always been. A disgusting country with human rights left behind as they flash their money around, and there are plenty of other futbol clubs to watch besides FIFA. Could be the beginning of the end for them.
By Joseph from USA on 21 Nov 2022, 14:24
Worst world cup ever. Uprooted by the corrupt FIFA to Christmas season and the desert, for money, it's a pathetic circus.
The World cup used to be about people all over the world getting together, sitting outside in the sunshine, having a drink, some food and cheering on their teams.
Now it's an absurd and oxymoronic amalgamate of hypocritical virtue signalling only when the narrative fits, but immediately thrown into the trash when pockets are lined. It's neither about sportsmanship, nor about the excitement of football fans anymore.
By Hart from Lisbon on 22 Nov 2022, 08:09