Sporting Life: Criticise the host, but let’s not gang up on Qatar

The Qatar 2022 mascot La'eeb at the opening ceremony at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on Nov 20, 2022. The Gulf state has been criticised for its treatment of migrant workers and its stance on same-sex relationships. PHOTO: AFP
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“When you’re standing there,” a bearded Michael Sheen tells the Wales team one September day at their training camp, “side by side, and that holy song (the anthem) begins, close your eyes”.

Sheen is an actor (Frost/Nixon; The Damned United) and also a football fan and as he performs to this audience of players he is both at once.

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