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Why did Morgan Freeman wear one glove and who was his co-star at the Qatar World Cup opening ceremony?

While several questions were asked during the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, there was one that remained unanswered so far: the mystery of host Morgan Freeman’s single glove.

The disgraced actor was chosen to host Qatar’s curtain rod alongside Ghanim al-Muftah in a ceremony performed in front of thousands of empty seats at Al Bayt Stadium in Doha.

Viewers would have spotted the 85-year-old acting veteran wearing a single beige glove as he put on an act to launch the controversial tournament.

Freeman and Qatari YouTuber Ghanim al-Muftah speak at the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

It’s actually a compression glove and Freeman has worn it on and off since he paralyzed his left hand in a car accident 14 years ago.

While he will often remove it for promotional photos and videos, he chose to keep it on for the World Cup opening ceremony.

Freeman was lucky to survive the crash, in which his vehicle ended up on a Mississippi freeway several times.

Freeman suffered multiple broken bones, but escaped with his life after a serious one-car accident

Freeman suffered multiple broken bones, but escaped with his life after a serious one-car accident

Freeman suffered multiple broken bones, but escaped with his life after a serious one-car accident

He is also in constant pain due to the chronic muscle condition fibromyalgia, which stems from a broken shoulder he suffered in the accident.

His hand suffered severe nerve damage and the compression glove is used to keep the blood flowing.

“I suffered nerve damage and it hasn’t gotten any better. I can’t move it,” he said at the time.

“If you don’t move your hand, it will swell. Do you know that you move your hand about a million times a day?’

Empty seats in the second half during the FIFA World Cup Group A match at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.

Empty seats in the second half during the FIFA World Cup Group A match at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.

Empty seats in the second half during the FIFA World Cup Group A match at Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.

Morgan may have received a cool reception in the Al Khor desert as rows of empty seats greeted him, but the reaction on social media was warmer.

Morgan Freeman is that actor everyone loves. He’s the GOAT of Hollywood,” brand influencer Dr. King Winter.

“His voice is worth $1 billion, Morgan Freeman,” added African pop artist Fancy Gadam.

“Morgan Freeman understood the assignment,” tweeted media identity Gary Al-Smith.

Freeman joined al-Muftah on stage in trying to deliver a message of unity, despite Qatar having a deplorable human rights record, laws banning same-sex relationships and estimated 6,500 migrant workers lost their lives during the construction of stadiums for the vent.

As part of his speech at the World Cup opening ceremony, Freeman said: ‘What unites us here right now is so much greater than what divides us. How can we make it last longer than today?

Al Muftah is a twin brother born with caudal regression syndrome, a rare condition that stunts the development of the lower back.

Freeman and Al Muftah perform at the opening ceremony ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador

Freeman and Al Muftah perform at the opening ceremony ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador

Freeman and Al Muftah perform at the opening ceremony ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Qatar and Ecuador

He was given little chance of survival at birth, but he has managed to cram a huge life into his 20 years, including being named a World Cup ambassador.

Al Muftah recited verses from the Quran to share the message of diversity and acceptance, and hopes to become a future Paralympian.

He is also a successful YouTuber and student of politics at Loughborough University.

‘Within my capabilities if [Fifa World Cup] Ambassador, I want to send a message of hope, inclusiveness, peace and unity for humanity,” he said.

Freeman was originally the face of the United States’ bid for the 2022 World Cup, which ultimately fell through, along with Australia’s bid as Qatar won in highly controversial circumstances.

That’s why it was a bit of a shock to see the star of movies like The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby and Seven on stage with al-Muftah.

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman) talks in the prison yard

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman) talks in the prison yard

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman) talk in the prison yard

Freeman was forced to apologize four years ago after eight women came forward to file sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior complaints against the actor, with Freeman saying he was sorry to “anyone who felt uncomfortable or offended.”

The women had accused him of sexual misconduct, while a total of 16 people, eight alleged victims and eight witnesses, said the actor had harassed or assaulted them.

No charges were filed.

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