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Public Debate | Should we be watching the Qatar FIFA World Cup

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14 November 2022, 5:30pm - 7pm


Park Campus


GL50 2RH



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University of Gloucestershire is hosting a public debate ahead of the upcoming Qatar FIFA World Cup featuring a panel of academic experts in sports ethics, journalism and politics.

Open to students, staff and members of the public, the debate is titled ‘Should we be watching the Qatar FIFA World Cup? A debate on sportswashing and human rights abuses in sporting mega-events’. It will take place on Monday 14 November 2022 at 5.30pm on our Park Campus. 

The panellists will include the University’s Dr Rachael Bullingham (chair), event organiser Dr Emily Ryall (Reader in Applied Philosophy), Dr Tom Bradshaw (Associate Professor in Media Ethics and Practice), Ceri Wynne (Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise), and Dr Chris Pyke (Lecturer in Sports Journalism).

The debate is free to attend but places must be reserved in advance.

Dr Ryall said: “Amid concerns over Qatar’s human rights record and environmental impact, questions have been raised about whether we should be boycotting the event completely, or whether we should accept the view that sport and politics shouldn’t mix.

“Do sports journalists have a moral obligation to report the ethical issues outside the sport or should they just be focusing on the football inside the stadiums?

“Should we expect individual players or teams as a whole to demonstrate public symbols of dissent, as shown recently by the ‘taking of the knee’ in the Black Lives Matter movement?

“The debate will provide an opportunity to share opinions on a highly topical subject, ask questions and to listen the views of a range of experts in their respective fields.”