REVEALED: World Cup organizers will PAY groups of football fans to travel to Qatar and post positive comments about the tournament on social media… and will also be asked to report any negative messages.
- World Cup organizers pay supporters to attend the tournament
- Fans must sign a “code of conduct” if they decide to take up the unique offer
- In return, they were asked to post only positive comments on social media
- They were also asked to report “offensive, degrading or abusive comments”
World Cup organizers in Qatar are paying groups of soccer fans to travel to the tournament this month, saying on Monday they are asking for positive comments on social media in return.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) confirmed the policy of inviting groups of supporters to the finals as guests following reports by Dutch public broadcaster NOS, which said on Sunday that Qatar was paying for flights and hotels for a group of 50 fans. dutch .
In return, these supporters had to sign a “code of conduct”, urging them to post favorable comments about the tournament on social media and to report “any offensive, degrading or abusive comments” by others to the SC, preferably with screenshots.
The broadcaster quoted two Dutch fans who said they had been selected by tournament organizers as ‘Fan Leaders’, adding that they had been asked to choose a group of 50 loyal fans for the free trip to Qatar.
“As the tournament approaches, we are inviting our most active fan leaders to personally nominate a small selection of fans to join us as guests as a way of thanking them for their cooperation,” said an SC spokesperson .
On its website, the Qatar World Cup describes its Fan Leaders program as a network of around 400 fans and influencers from 60 countries who have provided “information, research, content creation and message amplification” for the tournament.
Organizers did not say how many fans they invited or provide financial details.
World Cup organizers are paying for some fans to attend this year’s tournament in Qatar
Organizers want fans to post only positive comments about the tournament on social media
In its code of conduct, the SC asks fan leaders to commit to incorporating their content into their social media posts and to support the World Cup by liking and sharing third-party posts about the tournament.
He also stated that the fans are not expected to be a “spokesman” for Qatar, but added that “obviously it would not be appropriate to disparage Qatar, the Supreme Committee for Handover and Legacy or the FIFA World Cup”.
Belgian and French media also reported that select groups of fans from those countries had been offered a free trip to the World Cup by Qatar.
The World Cup starts at the end of this month and will continue until the final on December 18