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2022 World Cup in Qatar: the dilemma of Lorient bar owners facing the boycott – Lorient



Despite the call for a boycott, Mickael Le Floch, head of the Rooster in Lorient, will broadcast, as usual, all the matches of the 2022 World Cup, which takes place in Qatar, from November 20 to December 18. “Boycotts are individual choices. But we can boycott everything at that time, the Olympics in China or Russia, it’s not better. We are not dependent on where it is, we did not choose it. It’s unfortunate, that’s for sure, but there’s not much we can do about it. Boycotting today is too late. We suspected that Qatar was not Sweden. What happened there, we could not foresee it but we could unfortunately suspect it ”.

According to him, the controversy will have no influence on attendance. Last year, for the Euro, his establishment had doubled its activity on match days. “I think if France goes far, people will follow. And people who follow the sport usually will continue”.

little impact

Two months before the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Vincent Jutge, the manager of the Candy Pub, also made the decision to broadcast the matches. Those of the France team only. Unlike its Rooster counterpart, the World Cup is the only sporting event it broadcasts. Faced with the controversy, he wondered for a long time before deciding: “Yes, we asked ourselves the question but it is still an important moment in people’s lives. When you think back to the joy there was for the last World Cup, it was exceptional”. His business had obviously benefited from it. “It was a moment you will only experience once as a bartender. We had multiplied the crowds by ten! According to Vincent Jutge, boycotting the event, as a trader, would ultimately have had little impact. “It is true that what is happening there is unacceptable. But is it up to us to react? Unfortunately, I don’t think we can do much about it. It is possible that we have less attendance given the context and we would understand it ”.

It’s now that we wake up when it’s been several years since it was decided

In reflection

At the Pam-Pam Pub, Jean-Yves, the boss, has made no decision. “I leave myself a fortnight”. A time to think about whether or not it is relevant to broadcast the matches. “I ask myself the question, even on a personal basis,” notes the latter. However, the bistro is familiar with broadcasts. Several screens, some of which “facing from the inside out so that everyone can see”, are usually placed in the establishment during these major sports competitions.

A question which is also that of Manuel, boss of the Westport, who hears the roar of public opinion in the face of this meeting. “It is now that we wake up when it has been decided for several years”. The awarding of the competition to Qatar had been announced by Sepp Blatter, then president of Fifa, on December 2, 2010! So, will broadcast-will not broadcast? “It’s under consideration. If I do, the tendency would be to do it only for the matches of the France team”. And by imposing a form of sobriety. Afterwards, he says, “you have to respect everyone and those who want to watch”.



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