Just before the start of the 2022 World Cup there was a big scandal. The Qatari team is accused of bribing their opponent. According to a source, eight Ecuadorian players received € 7.1 million. The strange fact is that the bribery is carried out only by a few people and not the entire team.
According to the source, the match should end 1-0 in favor of the Qatari team. The only goal of the match will be scored in the second half. So far, there have been no comments from the two teams on what is happening, but it is most likely a matter of time.
The match between these two teams initially had a lot of problems. The thing is that it had to be rescheduled. The match was supposed to be played in the afternoon, later it was moved closer to the evening. Thus, it will play the Netherlands with Senegal.
ESPN wrote that Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani insisted on the postponement. He wanted to have a huge fireworks display before the first performance of the Qatari team, and at 1pm the effect of the fireworks would be less.
This story seems plausible enough, but one should not rely solely on information from a journalist. The source of this story was Amjad Taha, an English journalist originally from Bahrain. As you know, the country’s relations with Qatar can hardly be called friendly. Even if the match ends 1-0, that won’t mean anything. There is no direct evidence of bribery. The journalist himself said about the situation: “We hope this is a lie. We hope that the dissemination of information will influence the result. The world should confront corruption in FIFA.
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This scandal is not the first for the national team of Ecuador for the last time. Previously, the national team of this country may have been suspended from the World Cup. Chile demanded FIFA to suspend the team from the tournament due to the fact that their squad featured Colombian Byron Castillo, who used fake documents. Nevertheless, FIFA left Ecuador in the 2022 World Cup – the country’s federation has been fined, and the team itself will start the World Cup 2026 selection with a three-point penalty. If the information about bribery is confirmed, both national teams will face serious penalties.