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War of spin and intrigue over Qatar World Cup reaches Ireland

Risk analysis firm claims that ‘brand of Ireland’ would suffer reputational damage if RTÉ showed tournament hosted by repressive regime

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

11th August, 2019
Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar, built to host the 2022 World Cup

Is Qatar behind a campaign of public relations spin and dirty tricks to keep its grip on the 2022 World Cup finals?

That’s the assertion of one London-based consultancy and risk analysis firm, Cornerstone Global Associates, which recently published a report that claimed that RTÉ would suffer serious reputational damage if it broadcasts a World Cup hosted by such a repressive regime with such brutal anti-LGBTQ laws.

Televising the tournament, Cornerstone argued, would...

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