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‘Negligence’ behind followers’ World Cup woes

‘Negligence’ behind followers’ World Cup woes

5:05 AM ET

  • Mark OgdenSenior Author, ESPN FC

DOHA, Qatar — Soccer followers left stranded with out lodging in Qatar attributable to official fan villages being unfinished due to “operator negligence” have been supplied full refunds by the Supreme Committee in command of the organisation of the World Cup.

1000’s of travelling followers have been given the choice of staying in low-priced camps within the desert — an evening in a transformed delivery container prices round $200 (£165) an evening — with fundamental services and communal washing areas.

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However some websites are nonetheless unfinished, with supporters turning as much as the fan village at Rawdat al Jahhaniya discovering that giant areas of the location have been nonetheless underneath consruction, with wash basins and bogs ready to be put in.

And with followers from throughout the globe complaining about the usual of the lodging, the Supreme Committee, led by the Qatari authorities, has now authorised full refunds.

A Supreme Committee spokesperson informed ESPN: “We’re conscious that plenty of followers have confronted delays checking into choose fan village lodging attributable to proprietor and operator negligence.

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“A piece of models in these services, that are delivered and managed by totally different personal entities, haven’t met the required requirements that have been marketed to followers.’

“Whereas these websites are managed by impartial industrial entities, rectifying these points stays the utmost precedence for the Supreme Committee.

“Full refunds are being supplied to followers severely impacted by this subject in addition to various lodging which will likely be freed from cost in the course of their keep.”

ESPN has tried to talk to the official lodging hotline, however after talking to an operator was informed that the system was “underneath upkeep” and to “name again tomorrow.”

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