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Gary Lineker and Alex Scott accused of 'hypocrisy' over Qatar World Cup 2022

Added 11-21-22 04:36:03am EST - “Gary Lineker's opening for BBC 's introduction to the World Cup addressed the human rights record in Qatar immediately. The competition kicked off today after a series of scandals.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Gary Lineker and Alex Scott accused of 'hypocrisy' on Qatar rights”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Viewers of the first World Cup match have accused the BBC of brazen 'hypocrisy' and 'virtue signalling' after pundits launched into a segment about controversies and human rights issues in Qatar while broadcasting live from a stadium in Doha yesterday.

Gary Lineker's opening monologue for the corporation's coverage of the tournament addressed the human rights record in the host nation immediately. The controversial competition kicked off with Qatar facing Ecuador in Group A, with the game shown live on the BBC.

He had previously been criticised, along with other football commentators and journalists, for agreeing to attend and be paid for the tournament in Qatar given its deeply conservative stance on issues such as gay rights.

Alan Shearer, Alex Scott and Ashley Williams were working as pundits and also addressed Qatar's behaviour since being handed host status. 

The BBC showed the first live game but opted only to broadcast the opening ceremony, which featured disgraced actor Morgan Freeman, online. 

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