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Alain Leiblang and designer Gab are the authors of Qatar 2022, the opposite nation of soccer. Yvelin writer José Carlin – on the head of the spotlight. – tells us how this bitingly humorous ebook was born.
Information: 78news. What’s the genesis of this ebook, Qatar 2022, the opposite nation of soccer?
Jose Carlin: José Carlin: “A yr in the past, I met Alain Leiblang, who was considered one of my authors at Calmann-Lévy and who was the previous collaborator and right-hand man of Michel Platini. I inform him, I completely need to write a ebook on Qatar, an investigative ebook, however I could not discover the journalist who may do it. Leiblang tells me, I noticed Gab (a cartoonist) who does not know something about soccer. We’re going to write a ebook on Qatar, soccer and the designation of this nation to prepare the World Cup. Right here we’re, on the finish of 2021.
It is a ebook on the designation of Qatar because the host nation of the World Cup however not solely?
JC: It’s a ebook on soccer, on the surroundings and which permits us to replicate with humor with the Charlie spirit, the Siné spirit on this era which designates Qatar because the organizing nation of the World Cup. That doesn’t stop having a eager eye on the topic.
We’re speaking about Qatar, we appear guilty the selection of this nation for the World Cup immediately just a few weeks earlier than the World Cup however everybody knew it.
JC: It has been ten years since we selected Qatar. The actual elementary drawback is FIFA (Worldwide Federation of Affiliation Soccer). It weighs as a lot as a state and which ignored all of the suggestions. She sat fully on ethics. FIFA tells us: we manage it as we would like! That is the issue.
“Qatar attracts tensions”
Why did you select Qatar?
JC: It’s a political, financial selection. Extra severely, it’s a selection that has not solely concerned FIFA but in addition different States. I do not fairly perceive why this story was accepted ten years in the past. Folks did not notice what Qatar was like ten years in the past. They didn’t think about that they have been going to carry wagons of individuals from Southeast Asia, to construct stadiums and below what circumstances! Let’s take a look at the demise toll among the many employees who constructed these stadiums. It is enormous there. It’s a nation that doesn’t respect human rights, particular person freedoms, sexual affiliations, and so forth and one of the best. We’re speaking about Russia and China, which have organized main sporting occasions, however that is actually massive. Qatar attracts tensions. Maybe it ought to have been given to Morocco, to the Maghreb with Tunisia and Algeria. They’ve offered probably the most variety of nice gamers within the historical past of soccer. They’ve by no means had a World Cup.
However then we should boycott this World Cup?
JC: I’ll by no means inform a soccer participant to boycott the World Cup. A participant has been making ready for this assembly for years. It is a child’s dream. Whether or not he does it in Qatar or in Bangladesh ultimately, he does not care. He desires to characterize his nation, play, rating targets and go down in historical past.
Soccer lovers await them, each 4 years, this magnificent competitors, to see enormous matches. We’re taken hostage, clearly. We’ve got the impression that we recommend the politics of Qatar by watching the matches.
Put a number of strain on Qatar with the viewers.
So what can we do ?
JC: There’s a solution to put a number of strain on Qatar, it’s the viewers. We have a look at the summaries of the matches, we take heed to the radio with out extra.
The contracts between the rights holders, the broadcasters and Qatar are contracts on which FIFA commits to a sure viewers for the nation which buys the rights, in reference to the audiences of the final World Cup. Right here, the contract was signed with a rise within the viewers in comparison with that of 2018.
If audiences are made to break down, FIFA shall be pressured to refund among the cash that some broadcasters have paid with an viewers assure that’s not current.
How can Qatar carry this World Cup to life?
JC: They’re closed to every thing. We’ll inform the English supporters that there shall be hours to drink. They’re slicing off a part of the celebration. Individuals are pissed off. Qatar is offering planes so folks can celebration outdoors their borders. A World Cup is in precept welcoming the world. Is it a rustic that is ready to welcome the world? »
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