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Al Jazeera Did Not Report Three Drunk Ukrainians Arrested in Qatar

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
29th November 2022
Al Jazeera Did Not Report Three Drunk Ukrainians Arrested in Qatar
The claim is unsubstantiated (Twitter)

The Claim

Three drunk Ukrainian soccer fans were reportedly arrested in Doha, according to Al Jazeera.

Emerging story

A video attributed to Al Jazeera purportedly showing three drunk Ukrainian football fans detained in Qatar has gone viral online.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.

There were no reports of three Ukrainians being detained in Qatar.

Al Jazeera's Fake Video Clarification

On November 24, Al Jazeera denied reporting a video involving "the three arrested Ukrainians."

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The video first appeared on Tuesday, November 22, and has since been retweeted thousands of times on social media.

According to the video, three Ukrainians were apprehended after drawing a Nazi salute and a "Hitler mustache" on La'eeb, the 2022 World Cup mascot.

Prior to their arrest, the Ukrainians allegedly destroyed ten posters outside the Al Bayt Stadium in Doha, where the competition is being held.

Al Jazeera denied the accuracy of the video by stating in an article that "The style is similar to that of Al Jazeera social media clips, but the stadium’s name is spelled incorrectly—El Beit, instead of Al Bayt, and some of the language is not in the style of Al Jazeera’s journalism."

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Were three Ukrainians detained in Qatar?

Al Jazeera refuted the claim in the report by citing several reasons, including the possibility that the Ukrainians' images were not captured in Qatar.

The video makes no mention of the "arrested Ukrainians'" personal information.

The manner in which the report was released differed from that of the Police and Al Jazeera.

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Disinformation Targets Qatar World Cup

For the first time in history, the FIFA World Cup is being held in an Arab country.

The tournament, which began on November 20, is expected to continue until December 18, with 32 teams participating.

Following its selection to host the World Cup, Qatar has been the target of false claims and accusations from social media users and media outlets.

Misbar has addressed many claims misattributed to Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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