A Croatia supporter dubbed the “World Cup’s hottest fan” who stunned at previous tournaments has hit out at this year’s event in Qatar.
Ivana Knoll, a Croatian superfan known as the country’s “sexiest cheerleader”, slammed the winter World Cup in Qatar as a “disaster” and said her own plans were in chaos.
The stunning brunette shared her frustrations with her more than 570k followers on Instagram.
“This is a disaster!” she said on her Instagram story. “I feel sorry for all the people who can’t go to the World Cup because of the worst organization in history.”
She added that some in her party still hadn’t received their ‘Hayya’ cards, the personalised document required by all visitors attending World Cup matches in Qatar.
“My entourage didn’t get a Hayya card even after 20 days, even though they have all the tickets to the final,” she fumed. “All our friends too!”
However, she said that she would still be in Qatar cheering on her team, ahead of the side’s opening Group F match against Morocco on Wednesday.
She added: “I obviously have I’m so lucky to be cheering on Croatia.”
But she said that the number of issues with getting to the Gulf State explained why the World Cup was so controversial.
She said: “It’s clear why so many people didn’t even want to participate in this circus!”
The Qatar World Cup has been plagued with controversy ever since it was awarded the tournament in 2010.
And since the tournament kicked off on Sunday, reports have emerged of disorganisation in the official facilities.
On Monday, there was a reported crowd crush in a Qatar fan zone, with thousands crammed into a small space.
Football fans were left packed shoulder-to-shoulder as the festival area with bars and a big screen was sealed off by cops at Al Bidda Park, Doha.
The official fan zones have been slammed online, with trolls comparing them to giant concrete car parks.
A small Greek salad will set supporters back £9, while pints are an eye-watering £12.
And fresh ticket chaos saw England fans turned away from the Iran game after the official FIFA app for supporters crashed.
German-born stunner Ivana, who lives in the Croatian capital Zagreb, says she has loved football since she was a little girl.
While studying at the Faculty of Graphics in Zagreb, she took part in the Miss Croatia beauty pageant in 2016.
She shared a clip of herself walking through Doha Airport in her Croatia shirt, before posing with a glam Portuguese fan in the distinctive red-and-white checkerboard jersey.
The 5’11” dancer also shared pictures from inside the Hayya centre in Doha where she was trying to organise her documentation for the World Cup.
Ivana, who previously stunned at both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, has also launched her own series of swimsuits, mostly incorporating the Croatian flag’s distinctive design.
They are named “CROkini” swimsuits, for those who want to flaunt their curves while expressing their pride for the Balkan country.
She designs the swimwear herself and also takes charge of packing and distributing it.
Just two days ago, Ivana shared two pictures of herself in a revealing “CROkini” thong swimsuit as she sprawled on a tropical beach.
She teased followers that the skimpy outfit was “how I will dress in Qatar”.
“You are going to distract the players,” one commenter wrote.
Qatar has certain expectations of clothing in public, which means Ivana’s CROkini’s are unlikely to go down well with authorities in the Middle-Eastern nation.
The UK Government’s foreign advice page for travellers to Qatar reads: “You should dress modestly when in public, including while driving.
“Women must cover their shoulders and avoid wearing short skirts.
“Both men and women are advised not to wear shorts or sleeveless tops when going to government buildings, health care facilities or malls.”
Supporters in Qatar have also been urged to tone down their behaviour and dress “respectfully” in the majority-Muslim nation, with drinking alcohol limited to restricted areas.