Holders of the title, the France team will have to do with a contingent of the smallest supporters during the World Cup in Qatar. Blame it on prohibitive prices.
Qatar is out of it for a new controversy, a few months before an already much criticized World Cup. Until recently, the criticisms were mostly about the plight of the workers who erected the stadiums and the environmental cost of the air-conditioned enclosures. But since the opening of the ticket office and the draw, discontent has risen among supporters. Consequence of the prices charged, in particular for accommodation and transport.
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For eight days, the second phase of the ticket office has been open. While more than 800,000 tickets were sold during the first phase between January 19 and February 8, spectators can now purchase tickets for a single match, packs allowing them to follow a team during the group stage or in the final phase if it qualifies and packs giving access to four matches in four different stadiums.
For spectators from abroad, individual ticket prices range from 62 to 200 euros for a match in the first round depending on the category. The prices then range from 85 to 242 euros for a round of 16 then from 182 to 375 euros for a quarter-final. It will cost between 315 and 843 euros for a semi-final and between 550 and 1460 euros for the final. While the lowest prices are slightly lower than in Russia, prices are on average 30% more expensive than in 2018.
If we are 50 in Qatar it will already be exceptional
But the biggest share of the expenses of the supporters present in Qatar should relate to housing. While the country expects 1.2 million supporters, including up to 276,000 on the weekend of November 27 and 28, there are only 130,000 beds available, including 40,000 in hotels. With rates globally three times higher than those in force in Russia.
“In Russia we were 600, if we are 50 in Qatar it will already be exceptional” warned Anne Costes, vice-president of the Irrésistibles Français group, explaining: “ Me, for example, I have done all the competitions since the 2006 World Cup and I will not go to Qatar because it is far too expensive. Attending the final, for example, means dropping 3,000 euros! 620 euros for a match ticket (compared to 400 in Russia), around 1500 euros for the plane ticket and Qatar forces us to take at least three nights on site, which is unprecedented and absurd when we risk missing out accommodation. As a result, the bill goes up very quickly. »
“You can only book accommodation if you have match ticketsshe continued. But you have to wait until May 31 to find out if we managed to get a ticket. I have no assurance that there will be accommodation left then and the cheapest accommodation is far from Doha. » Sometimes even in the desert where a campsite should be installed. “A campsite is indeed offered but nothing is explained, we simply see a tent in the desert without knowing the services”, still regretted Anne Costes.