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Fox caps off terrible World Cup coverage with ‘humiliating’ interview

Fox has been criticized throughout the World Cup for its “terrible” coverage, but its latest promotion of Qatar has soccer fans reeling. 

The United States remains an untapped source of potential soccer fandom — unlike the rest of the world, the sport has never fully caught on in America.

It’s no surprise, then, that international fans lauded the Telemundo broadcast for its portrayal and commentary surrounding 2022 World Cup matches. By contrast, the Fox Sports broadcast received its fair share of criticism, culminating in an interview done by hosts Alexi Lalas and Stu Holden.

The two spoke with Khalifa Al Haroon, a Qatari social media influencer who’s known as “Mr. Q” to his followers. Political commentator Tommy Vietor described the moment as a “humiliating finish to Fox’s already terrible coverage” of the World Cup.

Fox called out for “humiliating finish” to FIFA World Cup coverage in Qatar

It wasn’t the donning of thobes that threw off viewers, although their presentation did give off “Mexican Week” vibes, but it was the fact that everyone in the broadcast continued a trend of glossing over the human rights violations Qatar committed in pursuit of global prestige. An estimated 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since it won its World Cup bid, with many of them dying on projects related to the games, according to Reuters.

But that wasn’t even the actual humiliating finish that soccer fans were served for tuning into the Fox broadcast. In the latest indignity to American soccer fans, the long-awaited image of seeing Lionel Messi hoist his first-ever World Cup trophy was replaced with the first quarter of an NFL game.

Before that, there was a blip in which Fox accidentally cut to a Saints-Falcons game with laughably low NFL stakes.

To add onto Fox’s missteps, they also passed up the opportunity to involve anyone from the USWNT in their coverage.

It’s been a common thread throughout the World Cup that Telemundo has the superior broadcast in the Western Hemisphere, with no better example than when Argentina scored to make the World Cup Semifinal.

As Twitter users noted, the Telemundo stream is preferred even by those who don’t speak Spanish. Clearly, the U.S. has a long way to go, both in terms of its soccer fandom and its coverage of the game.

Denise T. Jones

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