For migrant workers in 2022 World Cup host Qatar, it pays _ literally _ to be a sports 'fan'

December 17, 2014 7:30 AM

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For migrant workers in 2022 World Cup host Qatar, it pays _ literally _ to be a sports 'fan'

A man whips up a crowd which included migrant workers from Africa and Asia who said they were paid to be there, at the Qatar Open of international beach volleyball at the Al Gharafa Sports Club in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 8, 2014. Migrant workers said they regularly are paid to make up numbers at sports events in Qatar, host of the football World Cup in 2022, plumping up meager “home” crowds. (AP Photo/John Leicester) (The Associated Press)

Migrant workers promised a payment of 30 Qatar riyals (equivalent to $8/6.5 euros) to act as sports “fans” ride aboard a bus to the Qatar Open of international beach volleyball at the Al Gharafa Sports Club in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 8, 2014. Workers said they regularly are paid to make up numbers at s...

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