Social media pours scorn on Qatar World Cup mascot 'La'eeb' after its unveiling before the draw

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‘Why is Casper playing football?’: Social media pours scorn on ‘terrible Qatar World Cup mascot ‘La’eeb’ after its unveiling before the draw… with some comparing it to the cartoon ghost

  • The mascot for the 2022 World Cup was revealed before the draw on Friday
  • FIFA revealed the mascot called ‘La’eeb’ with many comparing it to a ghost
  • Social media users were unimpressed by the mascot for the tournament 

Social media has been left unimpressed by the new mascot for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

The mascot called ‘La’eeb’ was unveiled before teams discovered who they will play in the group stages of the tournament later this year.   

La’eeb is an Arabic word meaning ‘super-skilled player’ with FIFA’s website claiming that he ‘belongs to a parallel mascot-verse that is indescribable.’

Social media has poured scorn on FIFA's unveiling of 'La'eeb' (right) as the mascot the 2022 World Cup

Social media has poured scorn on FIFA’s unveiling of ‘La’eeb’ (right) as the mascot the 2022 World Cup

They said everyone is invited to interpret what the mascot looks like and on social media a number of people made the same comparison.

One Twitter user asked: ‘Isn’t that Casper,’ while another responded: ‘Okay who had ghost napkin in the mascot sweepstakes?’

Another user commented: ‘Why is Casper playing football??? The thing doesn’t even have feet like.’

Several people poured scorn on the mascot with Cam Felton writing: ‘Well that’s terrible,’ while SuttonDruck posted: ‘What is this. Like actually what is this.’

WVPitt commented: ‘The mascot looks like the towel we used to clean our kid’s faces when they were babies.’

While a Barcelona fan commented: ‘Why does he look like Ronaldo of big games.’

Another user posted that La’eeb ‘didn’t hold a candle’ to the mascot of the 1982 World Cup in Spain which was called ‘Naranjito’. 

Social media users have compared the mascot of the tournament to cartoon character Casper

Social media users have compared the mascot of the tournament to cartoon character Casper

Khalid Ali Al Mawlawi, deputy director general of marketing and commubications told FIFA’s official website: ‘We are delighted to unveil La’eeb as the Official Mascot for the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and Arab world. He comes from the mascot-verse – a place that is indescribable. 

‘We encourage everyone to imagine what it looks like. We are sure fans everywhere will love this fun and playful character. La’eeb will play a vital role as we engage fans young and old in Qatar’s FIFA World Cup experience.’

The World Cup draw saw England put into Group B where they will face the United States, Iran and one of Wales, Scotland and Ukraine. 

The hosts meanwhile will face Ecuador in the first match of the tournament and are in a group also consisting of Senegal and the Netherlands. 

The World Cup draw saw England put in Group B alongside Iran, USA and one of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine

The World Cup draw saw England put in Group B alongside Iran, USA and one of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine

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