Qatar 2022: a cup brimming over with scandal


The 2022 World Cup, steeped in controversy, finally opened in Qatar on Sunday. All of those who, through multiple dealings and arrangements, accepted or promoted its hosting by the Gulf state, have an enormous amount to answer for over their responsibility for the consequences, notably the deaths of thousands of migrant construction workers, an environmental disaster and political scandal. Michaël Hajdenberg presents a brief analysis of what we know of the dark background to the tournament.

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Corruption, for many people, evokes personal enrichment, individual privileges and suitcases of cash. But few think about the consequences it has upon society.