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Qatar and FIFA are under fresh scrutiny after thousands of empty seats were seen in Monday’s World Cup matches.



There is also bemusement at the official attendance figures, as every game so far has a record that is higher than the stadium's capacity.

For Qatar’s tournament curtain-raiser against Ecuador on Sunday, an official attendance of 67,372 was announced, despite the Al Bayt Stadium having a capacity of 60,000, while a significant number of empty seats were also evident from the half-time break.

It was the same for England’s World Cup opener against Iran, which saw Three Lions supporters stuck outside the Khalifa International Stadium due to an error with FIFA’s ticketing app.

An attendance figure for that match was announced at 45,334 despite the stadium’s official capacity being 40,000.

Meanwhile, swathes of empty seats could be seen at the Al Thumama Stadium in the second game of the day on Monday as the Netherlands beat Senegal.

An official attendance of 41,721 was announced, even though the stadium has an official capacity of 40,000.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group A - Senegal v Netherlands - Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar - November 21, 2022 General view of empty seats amongst fans during the match REUTERS/Molly Darlington

FIFA claims that the Al Thumama Stadium in "event mode" raises its capacity to 44,400, but a reason for the thousands of empty seats around the venue was not given.

For Wales’ 1-1 draw with the USA, an attendance figure of 43,418 was given, but once again, the stadium’s official capacity is 40,000.

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