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TikTok comedian Jon-Bernard Kairouz exposes fake fans paid to support Brazil at 2022 World Cup

Australian comedian Jon-Bernard Kairouz (left) interviewed fans wearing Brazilian shirts outside a stadium in Qatar

An Australian comedian clashed with Indian and Bangladeshi fans at the World Cup wearing Brazilian shirts and accused them of being ‘fake’ as videos of identikit fans wearing shirts from different countries emerge.

Jon-Bernard Kairouz took to the streets of Qatar to confront fans in a video titled ‘World Cup Fake Fans’, following Brazil’s opener against Serbia.

It comes after videos shared online show large groups of men, mostly of Indian and Bangladeshi origin, wearing the colors of national teams including England, Brazil, Germany and Argentina. led to speculation that they had been “hired” by Qatar to create an atmosphere for the competition.

Additionally, The Guardian reports that the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy – the agency responsible for delivering the Qatar World Cup – has created The Fan Leader Network, a system used to recruit fans. Qatar and FIFA deny the allegations.

Kairouz asks if the “fans” are from Brazil, all explaining that they are from Bangladesh or India, in a video shared on TikTok on Saturday.

Kairouz, asks fans: “Did FIFA pay you to be here?”

Without hesitation, the fans replied ‘yes’, with one explaining that he is ‘actually an Argentina fan’ but was paid to support Brazil.

Australian comedian Jon-Bernard Kairouz (left) interviewed fans wearing Brazilian shirts outside a stadium in Qatar

The men, from Bangladesh and India, admitted they were paid by FIFA to attend the Brazil game

Australian comedian Jon-Bernard Kairouz (pictured, left and right) interviewed fans wearing Brazilian shirts outside a football stadium in Qatar. The men, from Bangladesh and India, admitted to being paid by FIFA to attend the match.

When asked to pick their favorite player from the Brazilian roster, the men named one player, 30-year-old striker Neymar.

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The men were left completely puzzled when Kairouz asked them to name another player for the country team.

“I don’t know,” said a man.

“To be honest, I don’t know about that,” said another.

A third added: “Actually no, I’m not a football fan, I’m a cricket fan.”

The video was shared with his 13.3 million followers, sparking a huge debate after Kairouz suggested they were fake.

Some claimed that the men were not explicitly paid to attend matches but received free tickets after working on the construction of the stadiums.

“What they meant by saying FIFA paid them to be there is actually that most of them are construction workers and they came to Qatar to work,” wrote an user.

“These guys worked on building the stadiums and got tickets,” a second user commented.

A third added: ‘A lot of these guys worked there in construction and probably get a free pass.

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The men later explained that he was not a football fan but rather a cricket fan

A man said he was ‘actually an Argentina fan’ but had been paid to support Brazil, before telling Kairouz he was not a football fan but rather a cricket fan.

The men all named Neymar as their favorite player but were left puzzled when Kairouz asked them to identify another player in the Brazilian roster.

The men all named Neymar as their favorite player but were left puzzled when Kairouz asked them to identify another player in the Brazilian roster.

Others questioned whether the edited video was true and argued that fans are allowed to support a team no matter what country they are from.

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“The video is cut and edited between interviews. I don’t know if that’s true,” one user commented.

“Why you call them ‘fake fans’ no matter where they are from if they support Brazil they support Brazil who are you to call them ‘fake’,” another user wrote.

“I’m from Afghanistan and I’m a fan of the Brazil football team,” added another.

A TikTok user from Bangladesh explained that Brazil and Argentina are the two favorite football teams in the country, hence why there are a lot of Bangladeshi fans from Brazil in Qatar.

It comes after footage emerged of various ‘fan parades’ in Doha, including celebrations featuring supporters supposedly from England, Brazil, Argentina and several other countries.

But fans have reacted with skepticism and some have accused Qatari authorities of paying migrant workers to dress up in support of different nations, which Qatar strongly denies.

Qatar has denied claims it paid fake fans, arguing that football was hugely popular with its Indian community

Qatar has denied claims it paid fake fans, arguing that football was hugely popular with its Indian community

The Qatari government claims that the country’s large Indian population is made up of genuine football fans who support various national teams around the world.

Gianni Infantino dismissed suggestions that fans were being fake as racists in a press release earlier this month where he defended the Qatari regime and accused Europeans of double standards.

In an extraordinary hour-long speech, the FIFA president said: “I read that these people don’t look English so they can’t cheer for England, they look like Indians.” What is that? Can’t someone who looks Indian cheer for England, Spain or Germany?

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‘You know what it is? It’s racist, purely racist.

He also said: “I think for what we Europeans have done for the last 3,000 years, we should apologize for the next 3,000 years before we start lecturing people in morality.”

FIFA president slams accusations that fans were paid to express their support as ‘pure racist’

Gianni Infantino condemned allegations that Indian football fans were paid actors

Gianni Infantino condemned allegations that Indian football fans were paid actors

“Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. I feel (like) a migrant worker.

“Of course, I’m not Qatari, I’m not Arab, I’m not African, I’m not gay, I’m not disabled. But I want to, because I know what it means d being discriminated against, being bullied, as a foreigner in a foreign country. As a child, I was bullied – because I had red hair and freckles, besides j was Italian, so imagine.

‘What are you doing then? You try to commit, to make friends. Don’t start accusing, fighting, insulting, you start engaging. And that’s what we should be doing.

World Cup CEO Nasser Al Khater has claimed football is hugely popular with Indians in Qatar and dismissed the notion that all fans are fake.

He said: “We have a lot of real fans in Qatar who are from South India, who love football and they are real fans.”

“They are real football fans.”

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