What the Heck is Going on With The World Cup

Ally Thomason, Secretary

The World Cup 2022 has officially kicked off, with the first match  on November 20th. With all this buzz around soccer, it’s no wonder that people have started to take a look at the nation hosting the World Cup. Qatar has been known for various discriminatory practices against minorities within its borders, including women’s rights, LGBT rights, and abusive laws that prevent the press from reporting on abuse taking place within the country. Due to these violations of human rights, nations participating in the World Cup have tried to show their support for these minorities, but have ultimately failed, here are some of the things that have happened so far:


  • A streaker holding a rainbow flag and wearing a shirt supporting Ukraine and women in Iran was banned from the World Cup after invading the field.
  • An individual wearing a rainbow armband was escorted out of the stadium, as well as FIFA banned the #OneLove armbands
  • Players for Germany covered their mouths as a sign of defiance against the rainbow armband band as a sign of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community
  • Migrant workers had to start working in harsh conditions in order to meet the demand of massive amounts of fans, which ended in the deaths of multiple workers.


Despite all of the human rights controversy, the World Cup went super well with millions of fans in the stadium and billions of people watching online. The enticing nature of the 2022 Cup didn’t slow down in the slightest, even with the violations of human rights. Some have taken to boycotting the World Cup by not watching it, while other fans have taken action by violating the rules inside the stadium.