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World Cup joy will come from the matches, not Fifa or autocratic Qatar

Fifa does love its autocrats; Russia hosted the World Cup four years ago, now it’s Qatar’s turn and as the global spotlight shines on it, Qatar appears insecure, prickly and defensive

People gather at the Flag plaza in Doha ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Picture: Getty

For the second tournament in a row, the football World Cup is being held in a country that is not a member of the global club of democratic nations. Four years ago the world’s greatest sporting spectacle took place in the more or less absolute dictatorship of Russia. Its latest iteration opens today in the more or less absolute monarchy of Qatar. Fifa, world football’s so-called governing body, loves its autocrats.

Qatar was awarded the ...