Clim too strong, about-face on the inclusive armbands… a start to the World Cup on the hats of wheels

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Every day, “l’Obs” tells you about the daily life and the strangeness of the World Cup in Qatar, which began on November 20. This World Cup of all the controversies – environmental cost, flouted human rights, bereaved construction sites, suspicions of corruption – takes place in an unprecedented atmosphere. Hour by hour, follow behind the scenes of the competition of all excesses and find our reports and decryptions in our special file.

World Cup in Qatar: a journey behind the scenes

12:30 p.m. – Gims will sing before the final

If Qatar failed to recruit a world star to sing during the opening ceremony – the American actor Morgan Freeman nevertheless distinguished himself – the French public will see a famous face on their screens on December 18 next: ” happy “, the Congolese singer Gims announced on Twitter his participation in the closing ceremony, “for the Congo, for France, for history”. Happiness never comes alone, the songwriter and rapper will have meanwhile released a new album on December 2.

11:30 a.m. – No armbands for fear of yellow cards

Pay a fine, yes, take a yellow card, no. Finally, there will be no armbands against discrimination: the seven European teams which had planned to wear a colored armband ” One Love “including England, which begins its competition this Monday in Doha, have… thrown in the towel, faced with the threat of “sporting sanctions” – include yellow cards.

“Fifa has been very clear, they will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the pitch. As national federations, we cannot ask our players to risk sporting sanctions”, wrote these seven federations. England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland have therefore waived their respective captains incurring a yellow card because of this inclusive armband, while saying to themselves “frustrated” by the inflexibility of Fifa.

Initially part of the initiative ” One Love “, France had already announced by the voice of its captain Hugo Lloris that it would not wear the armband. Long silent on the subject, Fifa reacted on Saturday by unsheathing its own captain’s armbands, carrying much more consensual messages, such as “Save the planet”, “Education for All” or “No to discrimination”. Anything but a criticism, even veiled, of the organizing country…

Business, packages, boycott: the blues of the Blues before the World Cup

10 a.m. – Today’s program

Three matches to eat this Monday, November 21 for this start of the first round: England – Iran at 2 p.m., Senegal – Netherlands at 5 p.m. and United States – Wales at 8 p.m. The English “Three Lions” are among the favorites of the competition.

Should we watch the “Gross Cup”? The fans’ dilemma

9 a.m. – “We were frozen to death”: the air conditioning of the opening match is the talk of the town

Nearly 3 million tickets for the World Cup in Qatar have been sold, Fifa announced on Sunday, also revealing that the tournament should earn it a staggering sum of 7.2 billion euros by the end of the year. year. Fifa President Gianni Infantino rejoiced in front of the 211 members of the international federation that these “fantastic numbers” have been achieved “despite the Covid, despite the various crises in the world”.

“When Macron says that sport should not be politicized, it is denying a reality”

Qatar has already sold more tickets than Russia, which sold 2.4 million at the 2018 World Cup. Fans from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United States, Mexico, Great Britain, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, France, India and Brazil are the ones who bought the most precious sesame.

In addition, more than 5 million viewers followed the opening match according to Médiamétrie, an audience higher than that of the Mondial-2018 (a little less than 4 million spectators, but on a Thursday). “Huge success for the launch” of the World Cup, rejoiced TF1, the only French channel to broadcast the matches in the clear.

8 a.m. – “We were frozen to death”: the air conditioning of the opening match is the talk of the town

We hope that Gérald Darmanin had taken a little wool. The French Minister of the Interior, who had made the trip for the ceremony and the opening match of the World Cup on Sunday, will have taken advantage of the air conditioning in the evening humidity of Al-Khor, where the temperature did not exceed yet not 27°C at the hottest of the day.

It was only 25°C outside the Al-Bayt stadium when Qatar-Ecuador kicked off, which saw the host team lose logically (0-2), and yet the air conditioning was fine and good. well on the way to guaranteeing a temperature of 20°C in the bays of the stadium… whose roof was open. The supporters and the guests therefore put the jacket back on.

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“We were all frozen to death,” says Angelica, an Ecuadorian supporter, at the microphone of RMC Sport. “In Ecuador, we have regions where it is cold but here, it was worse than at home or at your place in Europe. We had frozen feet. We covered ourselves with our flag. We wanted them to turn off the air conditioning. »

” It is too cold “complained Faisal, a Qatari supporter interviewed by the Associated Press, wondering if the air conditioning, which ” works well “, was much needed in the windy, desert night. To host the World Cup, Qatar built or renovated eight stadiums in total, seven of which are equipped with air conditioning. The organizing committee nevertheless promised a few months before the competition “The air conditioning will not be activated since the months of November and December in Qatar correspond to the winter period. The temperature is therefore mild. But why deprive yourself?

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