The president of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, accused Western countries this Saturday of carrying out an exercise in “hypocrisy” for criticizing the situation of human rights in Qatar with a view to holding the World Cup without paying attention to its own historical past.
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In an appearance before the media, Infantino added: “I have strong feelings, today I feel Qatari, today I feel Arab, today I feel African, today I feel gay, today I feel disabled, today I feel like a migrant worker”.
“For the things that Europeans have done to the world over the last 3,000 years, another 3,000 should be apologizing before they start giving people moral lessons,” the FIFA president said.
At his first press conference at the @FIFAWorldCup, Gianni Infantino, said “today I feel Qatari, Arab, African, gay, disabled, migrant worker”. “I am not a non-migrant Qatari, but I feel like them because I know what it is to be discriminated against”. #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/nKInDEm9b6
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November 19, 2022
The head of the soccer World Cup rebuked Europeans for criticizing Qatar’s human rights record and defended the host country’s last-minute decision to ban the sale of beer in stadiums where tournament matches take place.
“If you can’t drink beer for three hours, I think you can survive. There are many countries that ban alcohol in stadiums, like France, but since it’s a Muslim country, that’s a problem,” he said.
Infantino also defended the country’s immigration policy, praised the government for employing thousands of migrants, and stated that there is a “double standard” in his continent of origin.
“How many business companies, European or foreign, that earn millions, billions thanks to Qatar, have discussed the situation of the rights of migrant workers with the authorities? None, because changing the legislation means fewer benefits,” he said. .