Female World Cup fans have called on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup, to be set as a model for football games in other parts of the globe.
Prior to the start of the major football jamboree, the organizing committee, the Qatari government and FIFA implemented a ban on alcohol sale near stadiums. The move has greatly been appreciated by women, who say the action has helped reduce the hostile environment, usually associated with football games.
In a discourse with The Times, Ellie Molloson, who runs the HerGameToo Campaign, explains she had initial concerns going to Qatar but feels comfortable after making the trip.
“I’ve got to say coming here has been a real shock to my system,” the 19-year-old told The Times. “There have been no catcalls, wolf whistles or sexism of any kind.”
Qatar had also been scrutinized largely over alleged “discrimination” against women, but female fans, as explained by Dohanews.co, have found the stadiums to be more hospitable than expected.
Other female fans from the UK have since followed Molloson’s move and believe the games in Qatar should serve as a model for UK culture and football
“I had all these preconceived notions about what I would encounter,” said Molloson. “The reality has been nothing like that. I’ve not experienced any of the harassment I have experienced in England. I don’t know how they have achieved that but it’s an amazing environment to experience.” Molloson added
Accompanied by her father for precautionary motives, the begetter explains his coming along was needless.
“I came out primarily to look after Ellie and frankly I needn’t have bothered.”
Jo Glover since the World Cup in 2010 has been part of all editions and explained the difference
“The atmosphere here feels less tribal. Everyone is wearing their [team] colours and there is no hassle,” she told the British newspaper.
Meantime, Chief Constable Mark Roberts, who oversees football policing in the UK believes the UK should “drop ideas of reintroducing alcohol in the stands” following a 36 year old ban on alcohol consumption in stadiums. This, in light of the fan experience in Qatar.
“The absence of alcohol doesn’t affect the pleasant buzz or the relaxed atmosphere, which is a good thing”, he added.
The difference is being made everywhere for women, not just with regards to the atmosphere. In the game between Germany and Costa Rica, Stéphanie Frappart, made history as the first female referee in the men’s World Cup, accompanied by Salima Mukansanga and Yoshimi Yamashita, two women assistant referees.
The introduction of female referees in the competition is also a huge statement from FIFA, to promote equality and togetherness in the game of football.
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