Footy fans staying at shoddy ‘fan villages’ offered refund and new accommodation

AI-RAYYAN, QATAR - NOVEMBER 19: People arrive at a fan village ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on November 19, 2022 in AI-Rayyan, Qatar. The 900-cabin village is built near the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium for football fans watching the upcoming World Cup. (Photo by Fu Tian/China News Service via Getty Images)

Supporters arrive at a fan village ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 (Picture: China News Service via Getty Images)

Fed-up football supporters who forked out hundreds to stay in half-finished cabins at the World Cup have been offered refunds and free accommodation after Qatari officials stepped in.

Several ‘fan villages’ were hastily constructed to cope with the more than one million visitors expected to travel to the country for the four-week tournament.

But there has been a torrent of complaints about the state of the £200 a night rooms – brightly painted shipping containers – with supporters feeling let down by organisers.

Many have moaned about six-hour waits to enter the ‘sauna-like’ cabins, two-hour waits at food vans and having to walk up to a kilometre to find a working toilet.

Accommodation cabins in the fan village in Doha (Picture: AP)

A deserted section of the Free Zone Fan Village (Picture: AP)

Shipping containers in the Fan Village Cabins Rawdat Al Jahhaniya accommodation base (Picture: EPA)

Accommodation tents are seen at a camp site in Al Khor, Qatar (Picture: AP)

The Qatari Supreme Committee, set up ‘to deliver the infrastructure and host country planning and operations’, said it was aware a number of fans faced delays checking into their accommodation.

In a statement to The Sun Online, it blamed ‘owner and operator negligence’.

They also conceded some units ‘have not met the required standards that were advertised to fans’, pledging that ‘rectifying these issues remains the utmost priority’.

The statement adds: ‘Full refunds are being offered to fans severely impacted by this issue as well as alternative accommodation which will be free of charge for the duration of their stay.’

Supporters who have turned up to the fan villages have posted photos and videos showing workmen still there and …read more

Source:: Metro News

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