Fact Check: Image For Boycotting Qatar World Cup Falsely Linked to Prophet Remarks Row

Amid the ongoing protest against former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s derogatory remarks on the Prophet Mohammad, Qatar had recently sought a response from the Indian government. In relation to this, an image has surfaced on social media platforms showing some people with a banner calling for ‘#BoycottQatar2022.’

A Facebook user shared the image with the caption: “India will lead the world, I didn’t know that’s gonna happen in this way #QatarExposed.”


NewsMobile fact-checked the viral image, and found it to be shared with a false claim.

On performing Reverse Image Search, we found the same image carried in an article by ‘The Telegraph, dated April 7, 2022.

The caption with the image reads: “The Qatar World Cup has been criticised, with football fans, including some in Germany, calling for a boycott of the tournament CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES.” 

We also found the same image on the stock images website Getty Images. The description with the image says: “FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, GERMANY – APRIL 02: Fans of Freiburg display a banner about boycotting the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, prior to the Bundesliga match between Sport-Club Freiburg and FC Bayern München at Europa-Park Stadion on April 02, 2022 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.” (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Therefore, with the above information, we can conclude that the viral image has no relation with the ongoing row over the BJP spokesperson’s remarks.

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