Rishi Sunak bade “hats off” to controversial host country Qatar for hosting an “unbelievable World Cup so far”.
The Prime Minister urged Gareth Southgate’s men to ‘keep Britain’s dream alive’ at home ahead of their World Cup Round of 16 match against Senegal.
The Three Lions beat the African champions 3-0 last night and the Prime Minister sent a message to the players in Qatar ahead of the game.
In a tweet, he said: “Hats to Qatar for hosting an incredible World Cup so far.
“The group stage will be remembered as one of the greatest of all time.
“Come on England, keep the dream alive.”
It comes after a series of controversial incidents while the tournament was taking place in Qatar.
The Prime Minister’s message quickly stirred up anger as social media users took to reminding him of the various controversies that scuttled the tournament.
These included the treatment of migrant workers and the crackdown on support for LGBTQ rights.
Fearing a backlash from Qatari authorities, rainbow flags were confiscated from some fans during the World Cup.
There were issues with some nations wanting to wear a OneLove armband in the opening matches.
The German team posed in a photo with their hands over their mouths before Hansi Flick’s team’s first game.
Field invader Mario Ferri was arrested after he ran onto the pitch with a rainbow flag and a t-shirt that read ‘Save Ukraine’ during the Portugal v Uruguay game.
Ahead of the tournament, much of the World Cup concern centered on reports that thousands of migrant workers had died as Qatar rushed to build the facilities needed to host one of the world’s greatest sporting spectacles.
A senior Qatari official said earlier this week that the number of workers who died building World Cup stadiums for the current tournament is “between 400 and 500”.
The figure is a drastically higher number than any other figure previously offered by Doha.
As the tournament began, the biggest focus of controversy became the crackdown on rainbow attire and other colorful accessories by tournament officials.
Homosexuality remains illegal in Qatar and can be punished with up to seven years in prison.
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