Qatari authorities on Thursday dismissed as “factually incorrect” a viral social media post that appeared to outline rules for visitors flocking to the Gulf state for this year’s FIFA World Cup.
In a statement, the World Cup organising body pointed to a controversial ‘Qatar Welcomes You’ graphic circulating on social media that has caused a stir since surfacing in recent days.
The graphic “is not from an official source and contains factually incorrect information,” the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy said in a statement on Thursday.
“We strongly urge fans and visitors to rely solely on official sources from tournament organisers for travel advice for this year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 20221, the statement added, assuring an extensive fan guide that “disputes a lot of the information being circulated” will soon be revealed alongside FIFA.
“Tournament organisers have been clear since the outset that everyone is welcome to visit Qatar and enjoy the FIFA World Cup 20221.
“Qatar has always been an open, tolerant, and welcoming nation. International fans and visitors during the FIFA World Cup will get to experience this first hand,” the statement added.