World Cup 2022: Focus on countries, beer sales and human rights

Welcome to a special Worlds edition of Hot Off The Wire. In this episode, Associated Press correspondent Ed Donahue hosts a conversation with AP Gulf and Iran News Director Jon Gambrell and AP Global Football Correspondent James Robson.

The three discuss the last-minute decision to ban the sale of beer with alcohol in stadiums, human rights concerns and the teams and players to be observed at the start of games.

The episode was recorded just before the start of the tournament, which began with Ecuador’s victory over hosts Qatar on Sunday

The moment Qatar had been waiting for for almost 12 years had arrived – and it didn’t go at all as the country and its national team had imagined.


FIFA President Gianni Infantino spoke out against Western critics of Qatar’s human rights record on the eve of the 2022 World Cup.


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