England fans complain World Cup village is ‘1km bunting’ with dismal breakfast

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England fans have slammed the World Cup fan village and shared photos of their £200-a-night “dreary” breakfast.

Some backers have even said that it feels like the tournament is about to start.

Three Lions fans who have spent thousands of pounds to travel to Qatar for the tournament have shared their frustration and how they feel let down by the organization.

Dubbed “Qatar’s Global Street Carnival”, Doha’s Corniche is a waterfront promenade that stretches 7km along Doha Bay.

National holidays and anniversaries are held here in Qatar.

But pictures from World Cup fan zones and a village where fans are staying show another side of the top-class tourist hotspot.

Footage captured yesterday morning after Saudi Arabia’s surprise win over Argentina shows the deserted fan zones, a far cry from what fans had hoped for.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Preview - Doha, Qatar - November 9, 2022 Workers are seen at the Fan Village Cabins Free Zone ahead of the World Cup REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Some fans have complained about how far apart toilets are (Image: Reuters)


Somber photos show breakfast options at the £200-a-night fan village (Image: Jam Press)

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Preview - Doha, Qatar - November 9, 2022 Seats are seen at the Fan Village Cabins Free Zone ahead of the World Cup REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The fan zones where fans can watch matches were empty yesterday (Image: Reuters)

epa10320664 Building materials at the Rawdat Al Jahhaniya Fan Village Cabins accommodation base, near Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, November 22, 2022. The official fan village is still under construction two days after the start of the competition. Several fans have complained about the conditions on the pitch. EPA/MARTIN DIVISEK

Conditions in areas near stadiums near Qatar have been blasted by Three Lions fans (Image: EPA)

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Some supporters have said toilets are a kilometer apart and many have yet to be built, with just a screen to watch matches close by.

Breakfast at their £200-a-night accommodation was also heavily criticized, with guests blasting organizers.

John, who declined to give his last name, has traveled to Qatar from London to attend the world’s biggest football tournament – but feels let down by the organization.

In a video from the supposedly busy fan zone, he says: “This is the Corniche, it’s completely dead, there’s a game going on – Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia.

“They’ve got a load of these food trucks stacked up, nobody’s buying anything, they’ve got like two or three people per unit.

“Nobody is there. There’s a screen over here, so there’s a small gathering of people.

“Here there is only one toilet per kilometer and we came here on Tuesday, the third day of the World Cup and we asked to be allowed to use the toilet and they won’t let us.

“They’re still building it, they’re still installing it, damn it what’s going on.”

The camera then pans around to reveal another closed restroom and an attendant who John said was “not very helpful”.

AI-RAYYAN, QATAR - NOVEMBER 19: People arrive at a fan village ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on November 19, 2022 in AI-Rayyan, Qatar. The 900-cabin village was built near the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium for football fans watching the upcoming World Cup. (Photo by Fu Tian/China News Service via Getty Images)

The fan zones were slammed by supporters (Picture: Getty)

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He continued: “She said there was a toilet over here and just pointed to this street, who knows if it’s down here?

“However, after queuing for 20 minutes, there is finally a screen where you can watch football.

“A screen within a kilometer of all this. A kilometer pennant and then an umbrella.’

He told MailOnline: “It’s like there’s still a few weeks to go before the tournament starts.”

Fans have also blasted the dismal breakfast offerings at the fan village, and a guest shared a picture of a box said to be offered to fans before kick-off.

The box contains a single apple, a sandwich, a donut, and a dry-looking muffin.

Drinks include a small juice carton, water, and an instant coffee sachet in a paper cup.

Visiting fans have also complained about the “rip-off” in metal containers costing £185 a night amid piles of rubbish and rubble.

One fan, Milad Mahmooditar, 32, from Tehran said: “It’s ridiculous that I have to pay so much money to stay in this tin can.

“I’m 1.80 m tall and my bed is too small. There is no place to move and the air conditioner makes so much noise that you cannot sleep.

“The bathroom isn’t a bathroom and you can hardly move without falling over the small table or kicking the bed.

“I’ve paid about $200 a night and I know that for $100 I can get a five-star full-board hotel.

“That’s not how you treat a visitor to a country. We paid so much money to come here.

“I’m a businessman, but I’m not rich. I spent a lot of money to come here and I expect to be treated much better.

“I’m sorry and I’m angry. Maybe it’s okay for the Qataris who are rich and live in luxury homes, it’s not okay for me.”

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