Fact check: Were three drunk Ukrainians arrested in Qatar?

by | Nov 24, 2022 | World

A fake Al Jazeera video online claims ‘drunken’ Ukrainian football fans were detained over ‘Nazi symbols’ in Doha.Kyiv, Ukraine – A fake video ascribed to Al Jazeera that claims “drunken” Ukrainian football fans spread “Nazi symbols” in Doha has been circulating online since Tuesday.
In less than a minute, the video “reports” that three Ukrainians were detained after they painted a “Hitler moustache” on La’eeb, the 2022 World Cup’s mascot, and scribbled a Nazi salute next to it.
It also alleges that the Ukrainians purportedly destroyed 10 more posters in the vicinity of the Al Bayt Stadium in Doha, where the championship is taking place, before they were detained.
The video first appeared on Tuesday, November 22 and has been widely shared on social media, with some posts retweeted thousands of times.

— Al Jazeera PR (@AlJazeera) November 24, 2022

To a beginner’s eye, the video looks real.
The style is similar to that of Al Jazeera social media clips, but the stadium’s name is spelled incorrectly – El Beit, instead of Al Bayt, and some of the language is not in the style of Al Jazeera’s journalism. One sentence reads: “At the time of their arrest, the Ukrainians made no resistance.” Such a phrase would not have escaped our copy editors.
Mnar Adley, editor of MintPressNews, a left-wing website, was among those who sent out a tweet with the video.
At the time of writing, her post had been shared by more than 2,000 Twitte …

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