Little anticipation for Qatar – no public vision: Will the 2022 Winter World Cup in Karlsruhe be boycotted?

In about five weeks the time has come: the 2022 World Cup will begin in Qatar. In the opening match on November 20, the hosts meet Ecuador and open the first ever winter World Cup.

Criticism of FIFA and Qatar

But this year there is far less than the typical expectation for a big tournament. Both the World Football Association (FIFA) and the host country Qatar are repeatedly criticized.

Before the World Cup in Qatar

Picture: Christian Charisius / dpa

The possible corruption in the adjudication process, the human rights situation in the country, the working conditions in the construction of the stadiums, the slavery allegations, the air-conditioned stadiums and the cold winter in Germany cloud the wait. A boycott of the World Cup is also a serious alternative for many football fans.

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For example, Supporters Karlsruhe, the official umbrella organization of KSC supporters, are actively calling for a boycott in a comment on their website. As reported by the “tagesschau”, several French cities have recently decided not to organize public visits during the World Cup.

Public viewing in Karlsruhe?

Reason: the human rights situation in Qatar. Several media also report that more and more pubs in Düsseldorf’s Old Town are boycotting the tournament or don’t want to show it.

And in Karlsruhe? In the past, “pack watching” was very popular in the fan-shaped city, even though the city did not offer an official public viewing spot.

The Wildparkstadion or the Postgalerie have turned into hotspots for football fans, who could also switch to countless pubs or restaurants in the city center. But in 2022 a lot will be different.

“It would not make sense”

“It is too cold and the mood at the moment is contrary to public viewing. That is why we will not organize a public viewing in the nature park for this World Cup. It would not make sense,” says Bernd Gnann. In the past he was the organizer of the event at KSC Stadium.

Bernd Gnann will not organize a public viewing in the nature park for this World Cup.

Bernd Gnann will not organize a public viewing in the nature park for this World Cup. | Image: Karlsruhe Chamber Theater

“I can understand anyone who avoids the World Cup and doesn’t like the staging, which is why we don’t necessarily want to support Qatar and a public view when no one comes doesn’t make sense,” Gnann said in an interview with ka -news .de.

No public viewing events recorded at the city of Karlsruhe

Added to this is the current (global) political situation. “In the current situation with the war and with many companies fighting for survival, a public viewing would send the wrong signal,” says the managing director of Baden TV and the Karlsruhe Chamber Theater.

Public viewing during the 2018 World Cup in the old Wildpark stadium.

Public viewing during the 2018 World Cup in the old Wildpark stadium. | Image: Tim M. Carmele

As things stand, football fans in Karlsruhe will likely have to do without a public viewing, at least outdoors in front of a big screen.

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As reported by the city of Karlsruhe at the request of ka-news.de, no public viewing events in public places have been recorded so far (as of Tuesday 11 October). The city itself is generally not planning such an event.

Restaurateurs in Karlsruhe: Yes, but …

And the restaurateurs of the city like a fan? “We haven’t planned anything in particular,” Rudi Vogel, managing director of the Vogel breweries in Ettlingen, Durlach and Karlsruhe, tells ka-news.de.

Rudi Vogel, managing director of the Vogel breweries in Karlsruhe, Durlach and Ettlingen.

Rudi Vogel, managing director of the Vogel breweries in Karlsruhe, Durlach and Ettlingen. | Image: bird

Vogel would show World Cup matches in all three locations, but certainly not all and it shouldn’t even be advertised.

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“Well, we always play football and have no special expenses. We will definitely show Germany matches,” continued Vogel. Vogel does not want to acquire Telekom’s “Magenta TV” streaming service, which manages all World Cup matches.

In addition to “Magenta TV”, most of the matches – including all matches of the German national team, the semi-finals and the final – will go as usual on ARD and ZDF. 16 matches will be broadcast exclusively on “Magenta TV”.

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For Vogel’s chief executive, awarding the World Cup to the emirate was “utter nonsense and asocial”, but a boycott would make no sense from his point of view.

EM 2016: Public Viewing at the Post Gallery.

EM 2016: Public Viewing at the Post Gallery. | Image: Reiff

“In football and at FIFA, the trend is increasingly towards money and we cannot stop this development. In the end, it is the guests who decide whether they want to see the World Cup or not.”

Vogel continues: “It doesn’t matter how we decide if we don’t show it at all or if we show it completely. Some of our clients will always feel alienated. Everyone decides for themselves and I don’t want to be the chief judge.”

Every World Cup match comes to La Cage

Vogel’s prognosis for the World Cup: “People will be cautious at the beginning and if Germany wins the first games there will be a certain euphoria”.

The exterior of La Cage.

The exterior of La Cage. | Image: Sheriff

Djahangir Sherif, one of the two managers of the “La Cage” sports bar in the center of Karlsruhe, uses similar words. “We will show every World Cup match at the restaurant, but we will not make any additional investments or extra advertising for the World Cup,” the sheriff told ka-news.de.

“Can’t influence”

A boycott would not make sense even for the La Cage boss. “We have been showing football for over 40 years and we are known for it. Football is our core business, not politics.”

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Djahangir Sherif is the managing director of “La Cage” in Karlsruhe. | Image: Sheriff

Sherif is also of the opinion that awarding the World Cup to Qatar was a mistake, “but we cannot and cannot influence that,” he says.

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In his opinion, whether and how many spectators sit in front of the television during matches depends enormously on how well or badly the respective national team performs.

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“If Germany behaves as it did in 2018, interest will remain very low. Other nations will be similar, although many support their country more than Germans.”

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