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Ta-ta, Qatar! The host country is almost certainly eliminated from the World Cup after two games

After just two games and £200bn spent hosting the tournament, Qatar look set to be out of the 2022 World Cup as they failed to beat Senegal today.

After Sunday’s defeat to Ecuador and a 3-1 defeat to Senegal today, the host nation is all but eliminated, barring a fluke.

A sense of humiliation must now creep up on Qatari officials as their country has hosted by far the most expensive sporting tournament in history. The small Middle Eastern country is estimated to have spent around £200 billion to host the 2022 World Cup.

Apart from the host team’s on-field performance, Qatar hasn’t exactly shrouded itself in glory off-field, criticizing the organization of the tournament, the fan experience, as well as its historic treatment of migrant workers and human rights.

Qatari fans feel sorry for today’s 3-1 defeat to Senegal, with the host nation virtually out of its own World Cup

Devastated Qatar fans applaud their team as they look unlikely to make it to the knockout stage, pictured at Al Thumama Stadium

Devastated Qatar fans applaud their team as they look unlikely to make it to the knockout stage, pictured at Al Thumama Stadium

Devastated Qatar fans applaud their team as they look unlikely to make it to the knockout stage, pictured at Al Thumama Stadium

After Sunday's defeat to Ecuador and a 3-1 loss to Senegal today, Qatar is all but eliminated from the World Cup, barring any fluke

After Sunday's defeat to Ecuador and a 3-1 loss to Senegal today, Qatar is all but eliminated from the World Cup, barring any fluke

After Sunday’s defeat to Ecuador and a 3-1 loss to Senegal today, Qatar is all but eliminated from the World Cup, barring any fluke

In 2017, Qatar’s finance minister said the country was spending nearly £500m a week building the infrastructure to host the world’s biggest sporting event.

Qatar had to build numerous roads, hotel accommodation and travel infrastructure in preparation for the tournament, as well as eight stadiums to host the games.

All but one of the eight stadiums were built from scratch, with the wealthy country having very little football infrastructure prior to hosting the tournament.

Qatar has built colossal spaceship-like stadiums to host the World Cup.  The photo shows Al Thumama Stadium in Doha

Qatar has built colossal spaceship-like stadiums to host the World Cup.  The photo shows Al Thumama Stadium in Doha

Qatar has built colossal spaceship-like stadiums to host the World Cup. The photo shows Al Thumama Stadium in Doha

Qatar has spent an estimated £200bn to host the World Cup by building stadiums such as the Al Janoub, Doha

Qatar has spent an estimated £200bn to host the World Cup by building stadiums such as the Al Janoub, Doha

Qatar has spent an estimated £200bn to host the World Cup by building stadiums such as the Al Janoub, Doha

In 2017, Qatar’s finance minister said the country was spending nearly £500 million a week building infrastructure. The final of the World Cup will be played in the Lusail stadium (photo).

But after paying so much for visually spectacular stadiums, the actual organization of the tournament in Qatar is considered a failure with poor facilities and a lack of atmosphere.

Many World Cup fans who have traveled to support their national team have been disappointed by overpriced accommodation. Fans have had to pay £185 a night for rooms with metal container boxes. Some fans in Doha’s Fan Zone even arrived to find workers still building the corrugated cardboard accommodation.

There was also an uproar from fans when, two days before the tournament kicked off, the organizers announced that beer would be banned outside the stadiums.

To add to the humiliating early exit and poor fan experience, Qatar has also faced serious allegations of using migrant workers to build infrastructure and stadiums for the tournament. Workers are paid just a pence a day to toil in sweltering temperatures that put their lives at risk.

Officials in Doha say only three workers died building the stadiums, but human rights groups believe the real number is at least in the hundreds, if not thousands.

An investigation by the Mail found that the deaths of 2,823 working-age foreigners have been recorded as unexplained since the £6.5bn building storm began in 2011, and it is feared the real worker death toll may exceed 6,000.

Human rights organizations estimate that thousands of migrant workers died building the stadiums.  Workers at Lusail Stadium are pictured in 2019

Human rights organizations estimate that thousands of migrant workers died building the stadiums.  Workers at Lusail Stadium are pictured in 2019

Human rights organizations estimate that thousands of migrant workers died building the stadiums. Workers at Lusail Stadium are pictured in 2019

The small Middle Eastern country has also been criticized for its staunchly conservative views, with homosexuality being illegal in the Middle Eastern country.

In an effort to take a stand against inequality in Qatar and support the LGBTQ community, several teams planned to wear the ‘OneLove’ armband. But the anti-discrimination statement was overturned by FIFA and Qatar’s organizing committee, which banned the symbol and threatened yellow cards for those who wore it.

Captains from nine European countries, including England’s Harry Kane, Wales’ Gareth Bale and Germany’s Manuel Neuer, planned to wear the One Love bracelets to promote inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar before it was banned.

The German Football Association (DFB) went so far as to say they were being blackmailed and threatened with increased penalties if players chose to wear the multicolored armband.

But more of a nuisance to Qatar than a token bracelet are the ongoing reports that members of the LGBTQ community have had their lives threatened by the country’s authorities.

Qatar defender Ismaiel Mohammed reacts after Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a save during Qatar's 2022 World Cup group stage, leaving the host nation with little chance of advancing

Qatar defender Ismaiel Mohammed reacts after Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a save during Qatar's 2022 World Cup group stage, leaving the host nation with little chance of advancing

Qatar defender Ismaiel Mohammed reacts after Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a save during Qatar’s 2022 World Cup group stage, leaving the host nation with little chance of advancing

Human Rights Watch revealed before the tournament began that Qatari police had arbitrarily detained and abused members of the LGBTQ community.

HRW said it had documented six cases of serious and repeated assault and five cases of sexual harassment in police custody between 2019 and 2022.

The most recent case was in September, the US-based rights group said.

Four transgender women, a bisexual woman and a gay man all reported how members of the Ministry of Interior’s Preventive Security Unit detained and beat them in an underground prison in Doha.

After such a humiliating performance, faced with defeat by Ecuador and Senegal, many in Qatar will question whether the cost of hosting the tournament was worth it.

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