World Cup fans rage as BBC SNUB entire Qatar opening ceremony

    FOOTY fans were left baffled by the BBC not broadcasting the opening ceremony of the World Cup.

    Qatar 2022 officially got underway on Sunday afternoon with a glitzy ceremony at the Al Bayt Stadium in Doha.

    The BBC missed the first 20 minutes of the opening ceremony

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    The BBC missed the first 20 minutes of the opening ceremonyCredit: REUTERS
    The ceremony included immaculate dressed and co-ordinated dancers

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    The ceremony included immaculate dressed and co-ordinated dancersCredit: Getty
    Hollywood superstar Morgan Freeman was also part of the spectacular show

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    Hollywood superstar Morgan Freeman was also part of the spectacular showCredit: EPA
    Freman sat down on the floor with a young Qatar child

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    Freman sat down on the floor with a young Qatar childCredit: REUTERS

    But unlike tournaments of yesteryear, the BBC didn’t cover the ceremony.

    And footy fans up and down the country were baffled as to why the broadcaster didn’t air the event.

    One tweeted: “Why are no British channels showing this outrageous opening ceremony?”

    Another asked: “Why isn’t the BBC showing the opening ceremony?? I’m so confused.”

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    And another asked: “No why the hell isn’t BBC showing the opening ceremony.”

    One chimed in: “Why aren’t BBC/ITV playing the opening ceremony?? So disappointing.”

    Another remarked: “How is BBC 1 not showing the opening ceremony??”

    The Beeb were late in broadcasting live from the Al Bayt Stadium ceremony as they were airing the Women’s Super League match between Chelsea and Tottenham.

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    But the proceedings, which included an array of immaculately dressed dancers, were not aired once they switched to their team in Doha.

    That further enraged fans, one of whom tweeted: “I have never known the BBC to not show an opening ceremony before.

    Another said: “This is an absolute joke.

    “Qatar have a whole opening ceremony going on right now in aid of the biggest football tournament in the world.”

    And another said: “The fact the BBC haven’t shown the World Cup Opening Ceremony on their terrestrial channels is so disrespectful.”

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    One furious footy fan said: “Poor for BBC not to broadcast the world cup opening ceremony.”

    Hosts Qatar will light the tournament’s blue touch paper this afternoon with their Group A opener against Ecuador.

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