Paid fans and England band show everyone is for sale at Qatar World Cup | Barney Ronay

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Some England and Wales fans will receive flights and tickets to Qatar and ‘will be expected to stand, sing and wave flags’

Roll up. Humans for sale. We will buy your labour. We will buy your joy too. We will buy your parping horn, your triumphalist songs. We will, let us make this clear, buy your feelings. So dance for us. Show your passion for the project (or lose its associated privileges). Because make no mistake: those tender feelings, the urge to feel and express pleasure, to interact with the spectacle, are now property of the state of Qatar.

There is something genuinely jaw-dropping about the story that 40 England fans – including members of the England band – and 40 Wales fans are being paid by Qatar to attend this month’s Fifa World Cup; a sense, common in the last few years, of reality starting to fray at the edges.

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Written by Barney Ronay
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2022/nov/04/qatar-world-cup-paid-fans-band-everyone-for-sale under the title “Paid fans and England band show everyone is for sale at Qatar World Cup | Barney Ronay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.