Moment BTS star Jung Kook performed at World Cup opening ceremony 2022

BTS’s Jung Kook performed during the 2022 Qatar World Cup opening ceremony on Sunday alongside Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

The South Korean singer, 25, belted out his latest single Dreamers – which is on the competition’s official soundtrack – alongside his 41-year-old collaborator.

Jung – whose band announced their hiatus in June – looked trendy in a sparkly black jacket, cargo trousers and leather shoes while Fahad wore traditional Qatari clothing.

Dancing: BTS’s Jung Kook performed during the 2022 Qatar World Cup opening ceremony on Sunday alongside Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor

The 2022 Qatar World Cup kicked off with what was to be a spectacular opening ceremony without a hitch, in front of a packed stadium of fans.

But things got off to a precarious start on Sunday as the hosts lost their opening match, thousands of seats remained empty and rows continued over various controversies which emerged ahead of the start of the ‘most controversial’ tournament ever.

Disgraced actor Morgan Freeman performed in the ceremony in front of thousands of empty seats, which was not shown in the UK as the BBC chose to show a report about the country’s human rights record instead, raising accusations of hypocrisy.

The World Cup, which has been plagued with controversy over the Middle Eastern country’s treatment of foreign workers, LGBT+ rights and social restrictions, has been seen as a way of varnishing its image on the world stage.

Pals: The South Korean singer, 25, (left) belted out his latest single Dreamers - which is on the competition's official soundtrack - alongside his 41-year-old collaborator (right)

Pals: The South Korean singer, 25, (left) belted out his latest single Dreamers – which is on the competition’s official soundtrack – alongside his 41-year-old collaborator (right)

Stylish: Jung looked trendy in a sparkly black jacket, cargo trousers and leather shoes

Solo: His band announced their hiatus in June

Stylish: Jung – whose band announced their hiatus in June – looked trendy in a sparkly black jacket, cargo trousers and leather shoes

In his element: The songster impressed crowds with his moves

In his element: The songster impressed crowds with his moves

It has denied accusations of abuse of workers and discrimination, but that did not stop the BBC’s coverage, fronted by Gary Lineker, including a pre-packaged report on Qatar’s questionable human rights record and the controversy surrounding the tournament, instead of showing the opening ceremony. .

In an embarrassing moment for FIFA organizers they were forced to allow a ban on alcohol sales at games after the Qatari royal family put pressure on the body due to the country’s strict ban on drinking in public.

It came just 48 hours before the start of the tournament and left fans livid, accusing the host nation of ‘ruining’ the world cup before it had even begun.

Tonight’s ceremony saw fierce backlash online due to the involvement of Freeman, who eight separate actors and eight witnesses have accused of sexual harassment and misconduct on set.

Outfit: Meanwhile, Fahad (right) wore traditional Qatari clothing

Outfit: Meanwhile, Fahad (right) wore traditional Qatari clothing

Having fun!  The pair appeared to be enjoying themselves

Having fun! The pair appeared to be enjoying themselves

Empty seats were visible in the background, and while these appeared to have filled with fans by the time of kick-off at 7pm local time, they emptied again before the final whistle.

Qatar was soundly beaten by a comfortable Ecuador in the opening match of the tournament, which the hosts demanded to take place today after it had been previously scheduled to take place on Monday.

Losing 2-0, organizers were left red-faced as thousands of spectators departed while the game was still taking place in full view of the cameras. In a historic match, it is the first time the host nation has lost its opening game in any World Cup to date.

In the stands VIPs including former England star David Beckham, FIFA president Gianni Infantino and world leaders such as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan cuddled up to each other and members of the Qatari royal family.

Controversial: Disgraced actor Morgan Freeman (left) performed the opening segment with World Cup ambassador and Qatari citizen Ghanim al-Muftah (right).

Controversial: Disgraced actor Morgan Freeman (left) performed the opening segment with World Cup ambassador and Qatari citizen Ghanim al-Muftah (right).

Anger wasn’t just directed towards the hosts – the BBC also came under fire in a tense opening day after Gary Lineker and fellow pundits Alex Scott and Alan Shearer chose to address the human rights abuses at the top of their programme.

Lineker said: ‘It’s the most controversial World Cup in recent history and a ball hasn’t even been kicked.

Ever since FIFA chose Qatar back in 2010, the smallest nation to host football’s greatest competition has faced some big questions.

‘From accusations of corruption in the bidding process to the treatment of migrant workers who’ve built the stadiums where many lost their lives. Homosexuality is illegal here and women’s rights are also in the spotlight. Also the decision to switch the tournament from summer to winter.

Appearance: Morgan at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Opening Ceremony Qatar v Ecuador

Appearance: Morgan at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Opening Ceremony Qatar v Ecuador

‘Against that back drop, there is a tournament to be played here that will be watched and enjoyed around the world. Stick to football say FIFA, well we will for a couple of minutes at least.’

Morgan Freeman kicked off the World Cup opening ceremony in Qatar in front of the country’s royals and rows of empty seats following weeks of criticism over the country’s human rights record.

The actor, 85, who four years ago apologized following accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, narrated the event’s opening segment titled ‘The Calling’, telling viewers ‘We all gather here in one big tribe’ as fans descended on Doha city center for the imminent kick off of the world’s greatest football festival.

Freeman spoke with 20-year-old Qatari entrepreneur and influencer Ghanim al Muftah – a FIFA World Cup Ambassador who was born with Caudal Regression Syndrome, a rare disorder which impairs the development of the lower spine – who said to the actor: ‘Come on. over.’

When Freeman replied ‘I’m not sure, Am I welcome?’, al Muftah said: ‘We sent out the call because everyone is welcome. This is an invitation to the whole world.’

Freeman replied: ‘I remember, even after hearing the call, instead of seeing another way, we dismissed it and demanded our own way. And now the world feels even more distant and divided. How can so many countries, languages ​​and cultures come together, if only one way is accepted?’

His appearance comes four years after he was accused of sexual misconduct by eight women and issued an apology to ‘anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected’ by his behaviour, saying it was ‘never my intent’.

Sixteen people – eight witnesses and eight who claimed to be victims – had come forward to allege the actor engaged in ‘inappropriate behaviour’ and ‘harassment’ as they worked alongside him.

Oh dear: Thousands of seats remained empty and rows continued over various controversies which emerged ahead of the start of the 'most controversial' tournament ever.

Oh dear: Thousands of seats remained empty and rows continued over various controversies which emerged ahead of the start of the ‘most controversial’ tournament ever.

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