Viewers praise BBC's opening monologue as World Cup kicks off in Qatar

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BBC viewers have praised the broadcaster for its opening monologue during the start of the 2022 men's FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Today is an exciting day for soccer fans across the world, as the historic FIFA world cup begins. The 22nd men's FIFA World Cup will see 32 teams compete for the illustrious FIFA World Cup Trophy.

The tournament also marks the first time the tournament has been held in an Arab nation - and although that will always go down in history, the decision to have Qatar host the World Cup has not been without controversy.

Per BBC News, the nation has come under fire ever since it was announced that Qatar would be hosting the tournament back in 2010. The BBC states that the country has been criticized for multiple human rights concerns - including for its treatment of women, LGBTQ+ people, and migrant workers.

Check out the opening monologue below:

Per CNN, homosexuality in Qatar is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison.

Additionally, The Guardian reported last year that 6,500 migrant workers had died in Qatar since the nation won the bid to host the soccer tournament.

As a result, the BBC felt it was only fitting to comment on the controversy in the opening monologue of its World Cup coverage.

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As legendary host, pundit, and former England star Gary Lineker appeared on screen, he informed the viewers:

"Ever since FIFA chose Qatar back in 2010, the smallest country to have hosted football’s greatest competition has faced some big questions.

"From accusations of corruption in the bidding process to the treatment of migrant workers who built the stadiums where many lost their lives. Homosexuality is illegal here. Women’s rights and freedom of expression are in the spotlight.

"Also, the decision six years ago to switch the World Cup from summer to winter.

"Against that backdrop, there's a tournament to be played - one that will be watched and enjoyed around the world.

"'Stick to football', say FIFA.

"Well, we will... For a couple of minutes at least."

The monologue was subsequently praised by viewers on Twitter, with one person writing: "BBC have absolutely nailed that intro to the World Cup. They are laying out all the facts about Qatar and not shying away from it."

A second added: "This is how BBC opened coverage of World Cup 2022. Stark contrast to Fox Coverage in United States. Please take a minute to watch. This is how this World Cup should be contextualized."

Another wrote: "Strong opening statement from the BBC and Gary Lineker. Glad they're not shying away from the issues."

And a fourth added: "Good intro from @GaryLineker exactly what’s required. Never forget how we got here. We all love football. We all love the World Cup. But we cannot forget #FIFAWorldCup".

Featured image credit: Hasan Zaidi / Alamy

Viewers praise BBC's opening monologue as World Cup kicks off in Qatar

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By stefan armitage

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BBC viewers have praised the broadcaster for its opening monologue during the start of the 2022 men's FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Today is an exciting day for soccer fans across the world, as the historic FIFA world cup begins. The 22nd men's FIFA World Cup will see 32 teams compete for the illustrious FIFA World Cup Trophy.

The tournament also marks the first time the tournament has been held in an Arab nation - and although that will always go down in history, the decision to have Qatar host the World Cup has not been without controversy.

Per BBC News, the nation has come under fire ever since it was announced that Qatar would be hosting the tournament back in 2010. The BBC states that the country has been criticized for multiple human rights concerns - including for its treatment of women, LGBTQ+ people, and migrant workers.

Check out the opening monologue below:

Per CNN, homosexuality in Qatar is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison.

Additionally, The Guardian reported last year that 6,500 migrant workers had died in Qatar since the nation won the bid to host the soccer tournament.

As a result, the BBC felt it was only fitting to comment on the controversy in the opening monologue of its World Cup coverage.

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Credit: Peter Schatz / Alamy

As legendary host, pundit, and former England star Gary Lineker appeared on screen, he informed the viewers:

"Ever since FIFA chose Qatar back in 2010, the smallest country to have hosted football’s greatest competition has faced some big questions.

"From accusations of corruption in the bidding process to the treatment of migrant workers who built the stadiums where many lost their lives. Homosexuality is illegal here. Women’s rights and freedom of expression are in the spotlight.

"Also, the decision six years ago to switch the World Cup from summer to winter.

"Against that backdrop, there's a tournament to be played - one that will be watched and enjoyed around the world.

"'Stick to football', say FIFA.

"Well, we will... For a couple of minutes at least."

The monologue was subsequently praised by viewers on Twitter, with one person writing: "BBC have absolutely nailed that intro to the World Cup. They are laying out all the facts about Qatar and not shying away from it."

A second added: "This is how BBC opened coverage of World Cup 2022. Stark contrast to Fox Coverage in United States. Please take a minute to watch. This is how this World Cup should be contextualized."

Another wrote: "Strong opening statement from the BBC and Gary Lineker. Glad they're not shying away from the issues."

And a fourth added: "Good intro from @GaryLineker exactly what’s required. Never forget how we got here. We all love football. We all love the World Cup. But we cannot forget #FIFAWorldCup".

Featured image credit: Hasan Zaidi / Alamy