...says the girl living in her little "bubbled" world
When I would normally be joining the masses screaming with indignation regarding Qatar's ticketgate scandal at last night's Asian Cup final, I find that I can't because I'm so sickened that this could actually happen. I'm like the mom whose child has done something wrong but can't talk about it because after all, it's my angelic child. The same is happening here. My home away from home, World Cup 2022 hosting country, Qatar, has disappointed me and it hurts. I'm a huge supporter and defender of most all when it comes to this country, so today I fall a bit more silent than usual because I have no answers. Let's back up. Last night with one eye on my twitter stream and the other on the tv watching Australia and Japan vie for the Asian Cup Championship, I gleaned more info than I ever wanted to learn. As it seems, fans with valid tickets to the game were being blocked entrance and told that the stadium was full. One twitterer this morning excused the happenings by saying that ticket holders were supposed to be there 45 minutes prior to game time. That's fine if it's true, but the people have to be informed of such limitations for entry. Rumor has it that ticketless people were let in to ensure that the seats were full, perhaps to make naysayers of Qatar's World Cup 2022 bid win to take notice of a sold out attendance. Can you say backfire? Estimates of those outside the gate were anywhere from one to ten thousand depending on the twitterer's guesstimate. Riot police were even called in to make sure everyone played nice. The truth of the matter is if it were only one fan, it would have been a travesty, but the numbers we are talking about is enough to be heard around the world. Such a shame, for up until that moment, Qatar had executed a nearly perfect tournament. If one can find the silver lining in all of this, and you know that would be me, Qatar has to have learned a good hard lesson here. You cannot fool the masses. Play the game right and let the chips fall where they may. You have eleven years to work this out, Qatar, so I still Expect Amazing. Don't let me down.
The game was a nail biter with Japan winning in extra time, 1-0. Congrats!