Qatar team ignore ‘misinformation’ and controversy before World Cup debut

Host country play Ecuador in the opening game on SundayFélix Sánchez: ‘No one will destabilise us with these statements’Criticism of Qatar’s human rights record, its sporting integrity and allegations that Ecuador players have been offered bribes to throw the opening game of the World Cup will not destabilise the host nation, the head coach Félix Sánchez has insisted.Qatar’s first participation in a World Cup has been overshadowed by controversies off the pitch with questions over their results in pre-tournament friendlies and claims of inducements being offered to Sunday’s opponents the latest to cloud preparations. However, Sánchez, a former Barcelona youth coach who joined the Aspire Academy in Qatar 16 years ago, claimed it is a concerted effort to unsettle the host nation and will not succeed.

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