Viewers of the first World Cup match have accused the BBC and its presenters of brazen ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘virtue signalling’ as they launched into a segment about the multiple controversies and human rights issue in Qatar, while broadcasting from Doha.
Gary Lineker’s opening monologue for BBC’s introduction to the World Cup addressed the human rights record in Qatar immediately.
The controversial competition kicked off today with the host nation facing Ecuador in Group A, with the game live on the BBC.
Lineker, who recently promised to speak out on the issues while covering the tournament, got straight into the controversy before the pundits on the show went on to discuss the issues further.
‘It’s the most controversial World Cup in recent history and a ball hasn’t even been kicked’, he said. ‘Ever since FIFA chose Qatar back in 2010, the smallest nation to host football’s greatest competition has faced some big questions.
‘From accusations of corruption in the bidding process to the…