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Viral videos of women going topless at a stadium did NOT happen at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar


Social media users are sharing videos of some women going topless at a sporting event. They claim it happened at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.


DUBAWA Ghana’s investigation shows that the videos pre-date the Qatar World Cup.

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Different videos of women going topless at sporting events have gone viral on the internet since the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Sunday, November 20.

In one of the videos, the incident happened on an escalator. The lady can be seen wearing England’s football team jersey and jeans shorts. Amidst cheers from several others using the escalator, predominantly men, she went topless. According to claimants, this incident happened as England faced Iran on Monday, November 21

Some online publications reported that the incident happened moments before the England vs Iran game.

The other video has social media users claiming that it happened at the Al Bayt Stadium when Ecuador scored their first goal against host nation Qatar. In the 15-second video, a woman in the supporters’ stance can be seen jubilating whilst being topless after a goal was scored through a penalty kick. 

Did these incidents happen in Muslim-majority Qatar? 


While investigating the source of these videos, DUBAWA Ghana used the InVID verification tool to fragment the video into keyframes.

A Google reverse image search was then conducted to identify matching images. 

Video 1: Woman in England Jersey who went topless on an escalator

A photo of the lady as she was about to go topless.

We found one of the videos uploaded on a pornographic website on July 11, 2021, with the caption “England Fan Flashing. It’s Coming Home.” DUBAWA cannot share the link to that website due to ethical considerations. Another user posted the same video on the same website on February 9, 2022. Clearly, the footage existed on the internet at least months before the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Video 2: Woman in supporters stance who went topless after a penalty kick was converted

A photo of the topless woman in a jubilant mood at the stadium.

Our search led us to an online publication by the British tabloid newspaper, The Sun. The publication, dated October 19, 2022, is headlined “Fan flashes boobs in ‘wildest celebration ever’ and poses for selfies while topless with fellow supporters.” The publication features the same video, which has gone viral, with social media users claiming it occurred during the Qatar – Ecuador game.

The publication gave the woman’s name as Carla Garza. It explained that the incident happened after former France international Andre-Pierre Gignac scored from the spot to give Tigres UNAL victory against Pachuca. These two teams are based in Mexico. 

We found highlights of the Tigres UNAL vs Pachuca game on YouTube and identified some matching scenes when compared to the viral video.

A comparison between a scene in the game highlight uploaded on YouTube and the viral video with claimants suggesting that it happened in Qatar. The areas marked with the same shape and colours indicate notable similarities.

Again, whereas Qatar, who also conceded a goal from the Spot in their game against Ecuador, wore a red jersey, we observed that the colour of the jersey of the team that had conceded the goal in the viral video was not red.

Enner Valencia of Ecuador converts the penalty to score his side’s first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. As can be seen, the Qatar side were in a red jersey. [Photo by: Lars Baron/Getty Images].


The two viral videos, both showing a woman going topless, did not happen during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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