The 2022 World Cup will officially kick off a day earlier than usual in order to see hosts Qatar playing in the opening game of the massive tournament. The FIFA council bureau unanimously decided to move forward the competition by one day.
The tournament’s opening match was originally slated to be played on November 21 between European powerhouses Nethe therlands and reigning African champions Senegal. The first game of the tournament will take place on November 20 at Al Bayt Stadium and see Qatar taking on Ecuador, according to the updated schedule.
The host country or the current champion often play each other in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup. FIFA made the decision to change the schedule in order to uphold the custom.
The decision by FIFA to move the event forward was not warmly received by the global football community, who expressed their worries over their travel plans, hotel reservations, and match tickets. Numerous supporters claimed that FIFA had taken advantage of them despite the fact that they had previously made travel plans in accordance with the original timetable.
Numerous controversies have already brought the major event under the spotlight. The recent World Cup boycott announcement by German football icon Phillipp Lahm was made in response to Qatar’s history of human rights abuses.
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