Qatar 2022 to serve up 12 hours un­bro­ken TV cov­er­age per day

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Ben Rumsby

Arm­chair fans will be able to binge watch four World Cup matches every day dur­ing the group stage of Qatar 2022.

The match sched­ule also kept open the pos­si­bil­ity of sup­port­ers at­tend­ing more than one game per day at an event in which all venues lie within a 40-mile ra­dius.

Group-stage matches kick off at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm UK time for the first eight days of the World Cup, which is likely to re­sult in at least 12 hours of un­bro­ken daily tele­vi­sion cov­er­age.

Kick-off times for the fi­nal rounds of group games and knock­out matches will be 3pm and 7pm.

Fix­tures will not be as­signed to venues un­til af­ter the fi­nals draw in March 2022 in or­der to choose op­ti­mal kick-off times to suit tele­vi­sion au­di­ences in dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

The en­tire group stage has been con­densed into 12 days due to the tour­na­ment be­ing four days shorter than the last two World Cups.

The open­ing match will be played at the Al Bayt sta­dium in Al Khor on Mon­day, Nov 21, and will fea­ture the host coun­try. The fi­nal will be played on Sun­day, Dec 18, at the Lu­sail Sta­dium north of Doha.

Gareth South­gate, the Eng­land man­ager, be­gan prepa­ra­tions for the tour­na­ment when he vis­ited Qatar for the Club World Cup last De­cem­ber.

Mean­while, a re­port to the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has high­lighted the con­tin­ued ex­is­tence of “struc­tural racial dis­crim­i­na­tion against non-na­tion­als” in Qatar’s con­struc­tion sec­tor.

Around two mil­lion mi­grant work­ers are in­volved in help­ing to build World Cup venues and other tour­na­ment-re­lated in­fra­struc­ture.

The lo­cal or­gan­is­ers em­ploy around four per cent of con­struc­tion work­ers in the coun­try and were com­mended by the re­port’s au­thor on the mea­sures and safe­guards they had im­ple­mented in re­la­tion to timely and re­li­able pay­ments and liv­ing con­di­tions. How­ever, work­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives still called for there to be non-dis­crim­i­na­tory min­i­mum wage pro­tec­tions and more lib­eral im­mi­gra­tion rules.

The re­main­ing 96 per cent of the con­struc­tion in­dus­try was deemed to have failed to reach the re­quired stan­dard. The UN’s spe­cial rap­por­teur for racism, Ten­dayi Achi­ume, said a “de facto caste sys­tem” ex­isted “ac­cord­ing to which Euro­pean, North Amer­i­can, Aus­tralian and Arab na­tion­al­i­ties en­joy greater hu­man rights pro­tec­tions than South Asian and sub-Sa­ha­ran African na­tion­al­i­ties”.

Do­ing his home­work: Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate has vis­ited Qatar to in­spect po­ten­tial base camps for his squad

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