Why is it controversial? From Fifa’s original decision to award hosting rights to Qatar 12 years ago to the country’s record on human rights, via its treatment of migrant workers and discriminatory laws, this World Cup has attracted attention for the wrong reasons like no other before it. For many, the tournament sits uncomfortably, but it will provide an opportunity to use the spotlight on Qatar to draw attention to these issues. Quick GuideQatar: beyond the footballShowThis is a World Cup like no other. For the last 12 years the Guardian has been reporting on the issues surrounding Qatar 2022, from corruption and human rights abuses to the treatment of migrant workers and discriminatory laws. The best of our journalism is gathered on our dedicated Qatar: Beyond the Football home page for those who want to go deeper into the issues beyond the pitch.