BBC gets 1,500 complaints that opening of World Cup coverage was too harsh on Qatar

BBC gets 1,500 complaints its opening of World Cup coverage that included Gary Lineker calling it the ‘most controversial’ tournament ever was too harsh on Qatar

  • The BBC received complaints that it was ‘inappropriate or overly critical’ of Qatar
  • Sunday’s broadcast of the opening match included a monologue from Gary Lineker
  • He raised corruption, treatment of migrant workers and illegal homosexuality
  • Revealing it had received 1,435 complaints, the BBC said some ‘took issue’

The BBC has been hit with nearly 1,500 complaints that its coverage of the opening World Cup game had been ‘inappropriate or overly critical’ of host nation Qatar.

Sunday’s broadcast of the match between Qatar and Ecuador included a monologue from presenter Gary Lineker where he raised the country’s record on corruption, treatment of migrant workers, the illegality of homosexuality and women’s rights. Pundits also discussed human rights issues.

Presenter Gary Lineker raised the country's record on corruption, treatment of migrant workers, the illegality of homosexuality and women's rights

Presenter Gary Lineker raised the country’s record on corruption, treatment of migrant workers, the illegality of homosexuality and women’s rights

Revealing it had received 1,435 complaints, the BBC put out a statement saying some people 'took issue' with 'a discussion during our coverage on human rights in Qatar'.  It said it had a 'proven record of addressing topical issues as part of our coverage'

Revealing it had received 1,435 complaints, the BBC put out a statement saying some people ‘took issue’ with ‘a discussion during our coverage on human rights in Qatar’. It said it had a ‘proven record of addressing topical issues as part of our coverage’

Revealing it had received 1,435 complaints, the BBC put out a statement saying some people ‘took issue’ with ‘a discussion during our coverage on human rights in Qatar’.

It said it had a ‘proven record of addressing topical issues as part of our coverage’.

In the 2014 World Cup, Phil Neville’s style of commentary on the BBC was said to have sparked 445 complaints in the game between England and Italy. Viewers criticized his lack of emotion and ‘monotone’ style.

In the same tournament Mark Lawrenson’s sexist remark that a Swiss striker ‘should have put a skirt on’ after a weak shot, led to 172 complaints.

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