Christian Bromberger, professor and sociologist at the University of Aix-Marseille: «It must be said that it had already happened in 1978 and in Russia in 2018»
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Le Parisien reflects on why the boycott of the World Cup in Qatar has not taken root in France.
And he reflects on the basis of an awareness: on the one hand, both television ratings and betting have found a good impact, thanks above all to the progress made so far by the French national team, engaged on Saturday evening in the quarter-finals against England.
On the other hand, however, notes the French newspaper, before the start of the competition, in a survey, French fans said they were unhappy that the World Cup was being played in a country that denies civil rights and doesn’t care about climate change.
Le Parisien relied on Christian Bromberger, professor and sociologist at the University of Aix-Marseille and expert on the relationship between football and clubs.
The professor immediately had the prompt answer: «The popularity of football goes beyond the — real — problems existing in Qatar. But we’ve seen it before: discontent but no boycott four years ago during the World Cup organized in Russia. Not even in 1978 Argentina (the country was then under a military dictatorship). It should be remembered that the World Cup takes place every four years: it is a highly anticipated event. Not many want to miss it».
Bromberger specifies that it is not a question of turning one’s gaze elsewhere, rather the consideration that many make concerns the upstream choice to play a tournament of these proportions in Qatar, and adds: «Today is too late. Probably, some French people are shouting against Qatar outside… but once at home, the same people watch the matches. There is always a contrast between the desire for a boycott and reality».
Then there is the French national team which is doing very well. Finally, the football theme which is one of the few to unify the population: «i Blues replaced July 14th! -, and this is another reason to overcome the problems of the host country».