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FIFA World Cup: TV reporter robbed while on air, shocked by cops' response [VIDEO]

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 22 November 2022, 10:32 IST
Dominique Metzger.

A TV reporter, who came to Qatar in order to report the FIFA World Cup, had a very unpleasant experience right at the beginning as she was robbed on the first day of the mega event.

While the incident was harrowing, the woman was left stunned when she reported the robbery to the police. Though the cops offered her full support, suggesting the robber would be tracked down in little to no time by the use of high-security cameras that are placed across the country, it was when they asked her suggestion for punishment that she was left shocked.

An Argentinian woman, identified as Dominique Metzger, was live on air when the robbery took place. According to the claims, several items from her handbag were stolen. The footage of the live coverage also went viral on social media.

"I went to the station and that was when the cultural differences began. The policewoman said to me: 'We have high-tech cameras everywhere and we are going to locate him [the thief] with face detection. What do you want the justice system to do when we find him?'," Metzger said, as perMirror UK.

"What justice do you want? What sentence do you want us to give him? Do you want him to be sentenced to five years in prison? Do you want him to be deported?", she added.

Here's the video:


Many TV reporters have had trouble while reporting in Qatar. Earlier, a Danish journalist was asked to stop filming while reporting for his channel. The tournament organisers later apologised to the reporter, admitting that the reporter was mistakenly interrupted.

"Tournament organisers are aware of an incident where a Danish broadcast crew was mistakenly interrupted during a live broadcast in one of Qatar's tourist destinations," an official statement from the authorities said on the matter.

"Upon inspection of the crew's valid tournament accreditation and filming permit, an apology was issued to the broadcaster by on-site security before the crew resumed their activity.

"Tournament organisers have since spoken to the journalist and issued an advisory to all entities to respect the filming permits in place for the tournament."

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First published: 22 November 2022, 10:32 IST