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World Cup 2022: Here’s what happened during Week 1

The 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup, hosted by Qatar, is officially in full swing. Prior to its opening match last Sunday, the tournament was already facing controversy due to its host country’s track record of human-rights violations. From protests against Qatar's anti-LGBTQ laws and solidarity for Iran's anti-government demonstrators to headline-making upsets and draws, here’s a recap of what’s happened so far as we inch closer to the knockout stage of the competition.

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    ONGOING PROTESTS ON AND OFF THE PITCH

    The 2022 World Cup is being played — controversially — in Qatar, which has a track record of human-rights violations, including anti-LGBTQ and anti-women laws. FIFA has been criticized for threatening to punish World Cup players who wear a "One Love" armband to promote inclusivity and diversity. Other acts of solidarity include Iran's soccer team not singing the country's national anthem ahead of their opening game against England, to show support for anti-government demonstrators back home.

    Top US diplomat rips FIFA for punishing World Cup players who wear the 'One Love' armband promoting inclusion

    Top US diplomat rips FIFA for punishing World Cup players who wear the 'One Love' armband promoting inclusion

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    GOODBYE, QATAR

    A WORLD CUP OF UPSETS

    From Argentina’s stunning 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia to Japan’s shocking victory over four-time World Cup champion Germany, this year’s competition hasn’t been short of jaw-dropping, unpredictable upsets.

    NEW RULES, LONGER MATCHES

    WHERE’S THE BEER?!

    Qatar agreed to relax its alcohol restrictions to allow Budweiser to sell its beverages at certain venues and at certain times. However, in a sudden turn of events, World Cup organizers announced a total ban on the sale of alcohol in the stadiums two days before the start of the tournament, at the insistence of the royal family. In protest at the late U-turn, Ecuador's fans erupted into chants of "We want beer" during the opening match against Qatar.

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