“Hypocritical, double standards, racism”: Infantino’s sweeping attack on the Qatar critics


“Hypocritical, double standards, racism”: Infantino’s sweeping attack on the Qatar critics

Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino

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One day before the start of the tournament, Gianni Infantino defended himself with clear words against the criticism of the World Cup being awarded to Qatar.

One day before the start of the tournament Gianni Infantino defended against the criticism of the World Cup award to Qatar with clear words.

At a press conference in Al-Rajjan on Saturday, the Fifa President complained about the alleged moral hubris that critics of the World Cup award pointed out Qatar would reveal. “I think what we Europeans have done worldwide for the past 3,000 years, we should apologize for the next 3,000 years before we start giving moral advice to others,” Infantino said. Having to experience this “double standard” is “sad”.

“How many of these Western companies that are receiving billions from Qatar here – how many of them have spoken out about migrant workers’ rights? None of them,” continued the 52-year-old Swiss. “Who takes care of the workers? Who? The FIFA does it, football does it, the World Cup does it – and, to be fair, Qatar does it too.”

In addition, Infantino pointed to the positive development that Qatar has already made in terms of human rights. He doesn’t understand why this progress isn’t recognized: “This way of wanting to teach lessons one-sidedly is hypocritical.”

When asked about the supposedly bought fans, which various media had reported on in the past few days, Infantino replied: “With regard to the bought fans: if someone looks like an Indian, shouldn’t he cheer for England or Spain? That’s it racism!” (Quoted via picture-Newspaper)

The FIFA President opened the press conference with the following words: “Today I feel very strong feelings, today I feel Qatari, today I feel Arab, today I feel African. Today I feel homosexual. Today I feel handicapped, today I feel like a migrant worker.”

He chose these words, Infantino continued, because he could understand the situation of migrant workers in Qatar very well. His parents were guest workers in the Switzerland came and he remembers exactly how he and his family were treated. Today, Switzerland is one of the most inclusive countries in the world. Infantino predicted the same development for Qatar.

The press conference in full

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This article was originally published on 90min.de as “Hypocritical, double standards, racism”: Infantino’s sweeping attack on the Qatar critics released.

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