Qatar reports attendance figures above actual stadium capacity TWICE, despite many empty seats at matches

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Qatar reports attendance figures above actual stadium capacity TWICE, despite many empty seats at matches
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The attendance figures given by the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar, exceeded the capacity of the stadiums… twice.

It’s only two days into the tournament, but Qatar 2022 has already seen a number of controversial moments. Now, fans have noticed that the official attendance numbers don’t add up either…

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There were a large number of empty seats at Senegal vs Netherlands… But that’s not what the attendance figures suggested

Qatar’s opener against Ecuador saw the hosts lose 2-0, with two strikes from former Everton and West Ham striker Enner Valencia sealing the victory.

According to the announcement made towards the end of the match, 67,000 fans were there to watch the first game of the 2022 World Cup on Sunday evening.

However, fans were left puzzled by the figure, given that Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor only holds 60,000.

But it looks like it wasn’t just a mistake either, as the numbers have once again exceeded the possible amount for Senegal’s game against the Netherlands at Al Thumama Stadium as well.

It was announced that 41,721 people were present for the second Group A game, despite the game being held in a 40,000-seater stadium.

Senegal Fans Were The Only Ones To Create Atmosphere In Their 2-0 Loss To The Netherlands

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Senegal fans were the only ones to create atmosphere in their 2-0 loss to the Netherlands

Many Fans Left Qatar's Opener Early, But There Were Seas Of Red Seats From Kick-Off

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Many fans left Qatar’s opener early, but there were seas of red seats from kick-off

To say the pitch was full was an overstatement considering the atmosphere inside wasn’t great – except for the group of Senegalese drummers and trumpeters.

“It’s super flat here,” talkSPORT commentator Lianne Sanderson said as she looked at the empty seats.

“Fortunately, Senegal fans hit their drums.”

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