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World Cup fans frustrated by expensive Qatar accommodation with leaking air conditioners and broken TVs

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However, one England fan was “pleasantly surprised” by his accommodation in Caravan City due to the good air conditioning and WiFi.

Football fans fret over expensive accommodation in Qatar with leaking air conditioning, broken TVs and doors that are difficult to close.

One participant felt underpaid after paying around 707 Qatari Riyals per night, equivalent to £163.35, for accommodation at Fan Village Caravan City.

“For the money I spent and the nature of this event, I expected a better quality experience than I received,” said the 40-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous.

I previously reported that fans were nervous about what the accommodation would look like as they hadn’t seen any pictures, despite requesting some from the provider.

People arriving at the Rawdat Al Jahhaniya fan village have taken to social media to comment on the condition of the site, with images showing sand, debris, industrial machinery and torn lawns.

Fans complained about noisy and ineffective air conditioning, according to a construction worker working at the site The times that “it was hell”.

In the caravan village, people had to wait a long time before they could check into their accommodation. “The front desks are struggling to pass the check-ins of the arriving guests on time, with long waits for the tired and confused travelers when we arrive,” said the American fan I.

It arrived at a trailer with visible signs of age such as stains and water damage. “Some air conditioners are prone to leaks, doors are difficult to lock and televisions may not work,” he said.

He added that most of the food stands are not operational and many of the 10,000 followers appear to be empty on the first day of the tournament.

“As more fans make their way into the facility, it’s going to take a lot of work to meet guest expectations for this expensive property,” he said, adding that staff are doing their best to clean and fix , but “there are limits to what they can do for some of the bigger problems”.

However, another fan told I He was “pleasantly surprised” by his accommodation in Caravan City due to the good air conditioning and WiFi. The room contained two single beds, chairs, a brand new TV and a small bathroom.

Del Noble, 36, said he paid 2,200 Qatari riyals (£508) for three nights and he has “no complaints so far”.

He has seen few other England fans, many from Ecuador or Mexico.

“To be honest Qatar was very welcoming, I was a bit skeptical as the taxi driver didn’t know where Caravan City is, but we must be among the first people here,” he said I.

The accommodation issues come amid a series of controversies surrounding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Some fans have boycotted the event over human rights concerns, including the country’s treatment of LGBTQ+ people and migrant workers.

Beer was banned in Qatar’s World Cup stadiums just two days before the tournament began, despite a multi-million pound deal with Budweiser for the event.

The Fifa tournament kicked off today with an opening game between Ecuador and Qatar, with the South American side beating the host nation 2-0 thanks to two goals from Enner Valencia.

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