Elon Musk has been snapped pulling up to the Lusail City Stadium in Qatar to witness the hotly-antipated World Cup final between defending champions France and Argentina.
The Twitter CEO, who attended the final alongside former US presidential advisor and Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, posted a video from the stands moments before kick-off, showing the impressive pyrotechnic display that followed the closing ceremony.
Twitter users poked at Musk for revealing his whereabouts just days after he temporarily suspended the accounts of several journalists for ‘doxxing’ him.
The Twitter owner on Thursday banned journalists from CNN, Washington Post, New York Times and other outlets after they reported on his decision to block an account charting his private jet use – though the accounts were immediately restored on Friday evening.
Musk had said the journalists doxxed him by revealing his private information; the journalists insisted that they had not published his address or location.
Jared Kushner (left) and Elon Musk (centre) are pictured in the stands at the Lusail City Stadium
Elon Musk waves at members of the crowd at the Lusail City Stadium in Qatar ahead of the World Cup final
Several Twitter users quipped that Musk was ‘self-doxxing’, questioning why he decided to suspend accounts for revealing his private information and whereabouts before going on to do so himself just days later.
‘Is this real-time continuous doxxing?’ one person said, while another chipped in: ‘You should suspend yourself for revealing your location.’
But others pointed out that each individual has the right to share their own location on social media.
The Twitter owner has been a vocal follower of the World Cup in recent weeks, frequently tweeting about games, results and interacting with other social media users.
The Twitter CEO, who attended the final alongside former US presidential advisor and Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, posted a video from the stands moments before kick-off
witter users poked at Musk for revealing his whereabouts just days after he temporarily suspended the accounts of several journalists for ‘doxxing’ him
Fireworks are pictured before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup final football match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium in Lusail
Artists perform during the closing ceremony of the Qatar 2022 World Cup
Tens of thousands of football fans wearing French and Argentinian colours gathered at Doha’s Lusail stadium on Sunday for the showdown between Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, both stars of Doha-owned Paris St Germain.
The throngs overcrowded Doha’s metro with Qatar Rail delaying access to the stations as a modest closing ceremony kicked off inside the stadium with dancers celebrating ‘A Night to Remember’. Thirty minutes before kick off, the stadium appeared three-quarters full.
The crowd watched Qatar’s air force planes flying over Lusail as the Gulf state also celebrated its national day, with thousands of police forces, including anti-riot units armed with water canons, securing the area.
Thousands also gathered outside the stadium to watch the game on giant screens: ‘We have no tickets. We are here for the national day and because the players might come out after the finish. We wanted to just see them,’ said Shafeek Mydheea, a tourist from Dubai standing in front of two rows of riot police outside Lusail metro station.
Argentina were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to a penalty successfully tucked away by their talisman Messi before Angel Di Maria finished off a fantastic team move.
Argentina were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Messi and Di Maria
Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup, which has been marred by controversy, was part of a carefully built strategy by the tiny but rich state to bolster its global influence.
The tournament has put its human rights record in the spotlight – including conditions for foreign workers who built those stadiums and conservative laws which ban homosexuality, restrict political expression and curb alcohol sales.
In May, a coalition of rights groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International called on FIFA and Qatar to establish a compensation fund at least equivalent to the $440 million World Cup prize money for workers who have suffered abuses or died in Qatar. Neither FIFA nor Qatar agreed to establish the fund.
Qatari authorities say the decade-long criticism of their country has been unfair and misinformed, pointing to labour law reforms enacted since 2018 and accusing some critics of racism and double standards.
‘We’ve endeavoured for this tournament to be an accelerant to improve the conditions on labour reforms because the situation previously was not acceptable despite the best intentions,’ said Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar’s World Cup organiser, in an interview broadcast on Sky News.
‘There is the Workers Support and Insurance Fund that will be looking into any matters relating to unfortunate deaths. And that will continue beyond the World Cup,’ Thawadi said.