Reporter Dominique Metzger from Argentina was robbed while on the job at the World Cup, both money and paperwork were taken from her purse.
As the opening match of the tournament approached, Metzger was providing commentary from Doha’s Corniche neighborhood when she reported that the things had been taken.
Metzger told a TN network anchor ‘I had my small bag on me with all the things that one needs, my wallet, the keys to our hotel room, some napkins,’
‘And you were dancing, right?’ the anchor asked her.
Yes, she said, ‘Yes, I was dancing with the crowd and I’m convinced that it was at that moment when someone opened the bag zipper and took my wallet,’
‘I didn’t realise at that moment, you know you’re live on air, with music and crowds around you, and I was focused on you talking to me too. So I wasn’t paying attention.
‘After I finish my live report, I wanted to take my wallet to buy a water bottle and then I realised I didn’t have it.’
Metzger said that she had informed the local police about the event, and she had been taken aback by their reaction.
She said that she was requested to decide on the criminal’s sentence after authorities subsequently gave an assurance that they would identify the culprit.
‘”Do you want us to sentence him to five years in prison, to be deported?” He asked me, to make the decision.’
I will not be making the choice for the legal system, I simply want my wallet back, she stated.