Updated on 07/19/2022 at 08:10
- Unlike usual, there will be no camp for fans of the German national team in the host country at the World Cup in Qatar.
- The National Team Fan Club will instead be based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- The fans will fly from there to the games in the neighboring country.
There will also be a fan camp for German supporters during the World Cup with controversial host Qatar. As the National Team Fan Club announced on Friday, the camp will take place during the preliminary round matches of the German national team in Dubai.
The fans will fly from there to the games in the neighboring country. “The implementation of a fan camp in the World Cup host country Qatar was organizationally impossible,” said the fan club on Friday.
Up to 300 places were allocated. Interested fan club members could choose between different travel packages. The complete package with travel to all preliminary round matches of the DFB team costs 2609 euros for twelve nights in a triple room, 2839 euros in a double room and 3849 euros in a single room per person.
Qatar is repeatedly criticized for human rights violations
Bookings were given in order of receipt. Tickets are not included in the price. Fan club members could get tickets for all German World Cup games until July 17th.
Qatar has been repeatedly criticized for systematic human rights violations and the exploitation of migrants. The government denies the allegations and is leading reforms in favor of foreign workers.
Reports of discrimination against homosexuals had recently caused a stir. In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to seven years in prison. According to Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, all guests are welcome at the World Cup – regardless of their sexual orientation. (dpa/AFP/lh)
At the World Cup in November and December in Qatar, women will be used as referees for the first time. Three out of 36 referees are women. There will also be female assistant referees in a men’s World Cup for the first time.