FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Fire That Broke Out At The 2022 FIFA World Cup?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows a fire that broke out during a match at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Verdict: False

The video shows fans throwing fireworks and flares onto the field during a 2018 football match between Hamburg and Monchengladbach. It has nothing to do with the current World Cup.

Fact Check:

Argentina won a match against Croatia 3-0 Dec. 13 to advance to the tournament’s final, according to The New York Times. They will face the winner of the France v. Morocco semi-final Dec. 18, the outlet reported.

The Facebook video, viewed over 400 times, purports a fire broke out during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. “A terrible fire has broken out in the world cup, on the field of play,” the video’s caption reads.

The claim is false. The video shows fans throwing fireworks and flares onto the field during a 2018 football match between Hamburg and Monchengladbach, CGTN reported. The move resulted in the game being suspended and security clearing the field, according to the outlet.

There are no credible news reports suggesting a fire broke out during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Likewise, FIFA has neither mentioned the claim on its website nor on its verified social media accounts.

Although no fire took place at this year’s World Cup, a blaze did occur two miles from Lusail Stadium, which has hosted many games throughout the competition, The Washington Post indicated. The fire began at an under-construction building but did not cause any injuries, according to Qatari authorities, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Were German World Cup Players Prohibited From Landing In Qatar Due To A Pro-Diversity Logo?)

Check Your Fact has contacted FIFA for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

This is not the first time a false claim about the 2022 FIFA World Cup has circulated online. Check Your Fact previously debunked a social media post purporting soccer fans had chanted in support of Palestine during the competition.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter

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