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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has accused the West of “hypocrisy” and said hours before the World Cup kicked off in Qatar that the West had failed to teach other countries a “moral lesson”. said.
A Swiss-Italian said Europe should address its past crimes before blaming Qatar.
“I’m European. Before we start teaching people moral lessons for what we Europeans have been doing around the world for the last 3,000 years, we need to apologize for the next 3,000 years,” Infang said. Tino told hundreds of reporters on Saturday.
Qatar won the right to host the world soccer championship in 2010. It has been criticized for its treatment of migrant workers and its record of human rights abuses.
“How many of these European or Western companies, which make millions, billions of dollars every year, from Qatar and other regional countries, have raised the rights of migrant workers to the authorities?
“I have an answer for you. None of them,” said the FIFA chief, adding, “One-sided moral education is just hypocrisy.”
“I have spoken to the country’s top leaders on this issue. Not just once, but many times. They have confirmed, I can confirm that everyone is welcome.” FIFA president said.
At the end of the press conference, FIFA gay media director Bryan Swanson stressed to reporters that everyone is welcome in Qatar.
“Since I joined FIFA, I have seen a lot of criticism of Gianni Infantino, especially from the LGBTQ community. “As a gay man here in Qatar, I am in a privileged position on the world stage. he added.
No alcohol allowed in the stadium
“Every decision taken at this World Cup is a joint decision between Qatar and FIFA. There are 8, 10 massive fanzones and over 200 places to buy alcohol,” said Infantino.
He also pointed out that this is not unusual as major European countries such as France, Spain, Portugal and Scotland have banned drinking in football stadiums.
Some critics called for companies to boycott the World Cup, but Infantino hailed the “commercial success” of this year’s tournament.
“We sold about $200 million more media rights than we did at the last World Cup,” he said. “We sold about $200 million more sponsorship rights than the last World Cup.”
“And in terms of ticket and entertainment rights, it’s nearly 200-300 million more than the last World Cup.”
qatar is ready
Infantino said the Gulf nation has done an impressive job in preparing for the Games.
“Doha is ready. Qatar is ready. It will definitely be the best World Cup ever,” he said.