All is set for the opening clash between FIFA World Cup 2022 host country Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. However, there are unconfirmed reports that the hosts might have bribed some Ecuadorian players in order to win their opening game ‘honourably’.
This is coming 24 hours to the World Cup 2022 opener.
In a statement attributed to Amjad Taha, an expert in strategic political affairs and regional director of the British center in Saudi Arabia, Qatar allegedly bribed eight Ecuadorian players 7.4 million dollars to lose the opener, 234sportsng reports.
He stated that his sources were insiders from the Qatar and Ecuador camps, and also urged the world to fight FIFA corruption.
Taking to Twitter, he tweeted, “Exclusive: Qatar bribed eight Ecuadorian players $7.4 million to lose the opener(1-0 2nd half).
Five Qatari and #Ecadour insiders confirmed this. We hope it’s false. We hope sharing this will affect the outcome. The world should oppose FIFA corruption. @MailSport #WorldCup2022”.
Exclusive: Qatar bribed eight Ecuadorian players $7.4 million to lose the opener(1-0 ⚽️ 2nd half). Five Qatari and #Ecadour insiders confirmed this.We hope it’s false. We hope sharing this will affect the outcome.The world should oppose FIFA corruption.@MailSport #WorldCup2022
— Amjad Taha أمجد طه (@amjadt25) November 17, 2022
Since the allegation, neither Qatar nor FIFA have issued a statement. The country also found themselves in a controversy after banning beer drinking in the stadiums. Hoping to get past the allegations, Qatar will be aiming to impress in their World Cup opener vs Ecuador.
Qatar v Ecuador – Head to Head ( all Meetings )
They have faced each other in three games, with both sides winning a game each.
The last time they met was in October 2018, when Qatar sealed a 4-3 victory. Qatar, who are also World Cup debutants, will be eyeing glory in front of the home crowd. The last time a team making its debut in the World Cup won its first match was in 2002 when Senegal defeated France.