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Fact Check-Argentina did not announce a 40-day public holiday for the 2022 Qatar World Cup 

Argentina did not announce a 40-day public holiday due to the participation of its men’s football team in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as several social media users claim online. There is no evidence or official communications that the Argentine authorities have declared such a thing.

"Argentine government has decided that there will be a state public holiday from November 15 to December 25 for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This has never happened before in their history”, say some posts being shared on Facebook that include such misleading information ( here ), ( here ).

Many of these posts quote TNT Sports as the source of the information ( here ), ( here ), (here ), ( here ).

A representative of Warner Media, owner of TNT Sports, told Reuters the fake news was spread from a satire profile. Reuters was not able to verify this independently.

Reuters found no such announcement on the Argentine government's website. ( here ), ( bit.ly/3AUg2o2 ). Also, there are no references of any such holiday by reliable media outlets ( bit.ly/3c4FlcN ).

Reuters contacted the press office of the Presidency, the Ministry of Labor and Employment and the Argentine embassy in Mexico, but no responses had been received by the time of publication.

The World Cup in Qatar will take place between November 21 and December 18, 2022 ( reut.rs/3IzHGIR ). Argentina, a country with a football tradition, has won the tournament twice.

Over the period mentioned in the posts, there will be three holidays in the country: November 21 (National Sovereignty Day) and December 8 and 9, 2022 (Immaculate Conception of Mary). ( here )

The Argentine embassy in London, UK told Full Fact that such an announcement was “highly improbable” and that, if it were true, they “would have received notification”. More information ( here ).

VERDICT

No evidence. Claims that Argentina established more than a month of public holidays because of the World Cup in Qatar, in which its national football team will participate between November and December 2022, are unsupported as of July 13, 2022.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here ( here ).

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