The opening match of the 2022 World Cup will take place on Sunday night. Some pubs are boycotting game broadcasts. Others cannot do without it.
the essentials in brief
- The 2022 World Cup begins today at 5:00 p.m. with the match between Qatar and Ecuador.
- Bern’s “Löscher” and Zurich’s “Nordbrücke” are boycotting the games.
- Other pubs explain why they will broadcast the games despite calls for a boycott.
It starts today: The opening match of the controversial World Cup 2022 between Qatar and Ecuador will take place at 5 p.m. However, around the world calls are being made for a boycott, among other things due to the many deaths during construction of the stadiums in Qatar.
But what do Swiss pubs do? They are divided on this. The tenants of Zurich’s “Nordbrücke”, for example, have come out in favor of boycotting the 2022 World Cup. “This time there are simply too many good reasons against broadcasting this World Cup,” he said.
Donate part of the proceeds
Zurich’s “Calvados Bar”, on the other hand, decided to show the World Cup matches. In a statement published in October, the bar association gave several reasons for the decision. On the one hand, one depends on customers to pay salaries to employees.
On the other hand, part of the proceeds will be donated to a project that supports migrant workers in need in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. However, everyone “who is boycotting these ecologically absurd winter games in the desert state” gets it.
“I don’t want to support this World Cup”
There are also people in Bern who are boycotting this great football event. For example, the restaurant “Löscher”: “The decision came from the management, we do not want to support this World Cup,” said Nau.ch when asked.
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In the “Pickwick Pub” in Bern, on the other hand, there is no boycott. “As long as the associations do not refuse to participate, nothing will change,” says Deputy Managing Director Heinz Nüssli. “So let’s enjoy the World Cup and hope for good games.”
The YB stadium restaurant “Eleven” also shows “all the matches that take place during our opening hours,” says manager Anna Lindgren. “As a stadium restaurant, we have many football-loving guests who also come to watch football in addition to YB matches.”
The situation is similar in Basel. After an internal discussion, the “Gare du Nord” restaurant decided not to show the World Cup matches. The decision was not easy, explains Alexa Tapen in the “Basler Zeitung”. Above all, the moral aspects were in the foreground.
“More sustainable ways” as a boycott of the 2022 World Cup
In the Basel football bar “Didi Offensiv”, on the other hand, you can watch the 2022 World Cup matches. “Everyone has to decide for themselves whether they want to watch the World Cup matches in Qatar or not.” We respect each attitude”, write the general directors in a press release.
“But we believe there are more sustainable ways to work to change the business of soccer than to boycott a World Cup.” In addition, the concept of the bar makes it difficult to boycott football, as co-CEO Raphael Pfister tells the newspaper.
Even if he understands the meaning behind a World Cup boycott, he finds the debate hypocritical: “Then you would have to be strict in your lifestyle and boycott the entire capitalist system.”
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