Audience, Football | In one area, Norway bluffs more than FIFA and Qatar combined
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FIFA AND QATAR pretty much deserve all the criticism thrown their way. Had it not been for football and the good-hearted efforts of a few nations to focus on human rights and equality, the 2022 World Cup would de facto be a wasted play-off in hell.
We point out the daily, condemn and opine, and the consensus in our part of the world is never more.
For many, it feels like being on the right side of history at the future WC.
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THE AUDIENCE NUMBERS IN THE ARENAS has nothing to do with this resistance struggle. It’s just bigoted madness wrapped in stupidity from an organization that doesn’t know its own best interests. In the big picture of FIFA’s neglect of sport’s biggest brand, not even a chip in the finger.
If Gianni Infantino and the gang feel it is important to make up the whore with another team, let them do it.
She’s already ugly as hell.
Morten Pedersen is from Vålerenga, Oslo east. Worked freelance in Arbeiderbladet during school. To Dagbladet in 1986. Two periods as correspondent for Dagbladet in London. The online newspaper from 2021. Editor and publisher of the football magazine – 4-4-3 Gatelagmagasinet.
It is certainly understandable that journalists from certain countries raise an eyebrow or when the audience figures are announced, but we who come from Norway and follow the times cannot be surprised.
Here at home, the clubs are bluffing with the audience figures, so it’s running off them.
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COME COVID-19 from Wuhan in China, I have a feeling that inflated audience figures are a disease originating from A/S Steinrøysa. Compared to Lerkendal, Aker Stadion, Intility Arena and you name them, you are just lying a little in Qatar.
As far as it is to be completely precise, and at least not close to doubling.
If anyone lies without inhibitions, it’s us.
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THERE ARE COUNTLESS examples, through every single round of the series over many years, and the most glaring of them all came at Lerkendal in 2019. Rosenborg had just beaten Bodø/Glimt 3-2 in front of a glistening, almost empty Lerkendal. This caused Pål André Helland to react, both with uneasiness and fear for the club and the future.
Interviewed on TV, he went on the following tirade:
– There are 5,000 people here today. Someone has to get over themselves, because what’s going on is embarrassing. It’s really embarrassing. Everyone and every bastard is going to walk around with himself in those offices there, because now people are pissed off. Now they are indifferent, that is the worst thing that can happen in a football club. It’s the damn doom.
For information, the official crowd figure from the match is 12,039.
The capacity at Lerkendal, for those who want to complain that Pål André Helland needs an optician, is 21,412.
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JUSTICE IN NORWAY is what is so nicely called “sold tickets” – all season tickets and tickets that follow the club’s sponsorship agreements in bulk. At the partners do not use them, does not matter.
FIFA’s alibi is apparently that the arenas take more people than the original requirements for capacity, and can therefore end up with a full house plus a little more.
In any case, large numbers will always look better than small ones.
So when a Swedish journalist tells Nettavisen that the audience figures in Qatar are laughablesend ham to Norway.
Then he starts laughing.
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IN THE MAIL THAT reacting to, sent to the Qatar World Cup’s journalists, FIFA writes that the arenas have so far been filled to 94 percent of capacity. Anyone with sight can see that this is not true. In some matches, it is up against Stinn barracks. On others it is glissent.
The mentioned Swede calls it an audience fiasco, and has probably been sitting on the World Cup dry spell.
The problem is that he has never been to a Norwegian elite series match.
But I have, in all arenas for many years.
When it comes to inflated audience figures, Norwegian football is probably the worst in the class.