The head of the World Soccer Governing Body FIFA A bizarre speech was made Saturday to blame the victims Europe This controversy about human rights abuses has been triggered in Qatar, this year’s World Cup host.
Qatar After a thorough search, the venue was selected in 2010 for the international sporting event. massive bribe scandal Involving FIFA officials. It was selected despite its history in migrant worker abuse and harsh rules involving females. There were also police attacks on LGBTQ members in the conservative Muslim country, where homosexuality has been illegal.
British officials are so concerned about possible problems, they sent a special crew. “engagement officers” To protect fans from the zealot police Qatar.
Gianni Infantino, head of FIFI, called the attention to the “hypocrisy” of outraged Western nations Issuing “moral” Lessons can be learned from their past experiences. He compared his suffering to that of migrant workers, and that of the LGBTQ community. QatarHe said that he was “bullied” as a boy in Switzerland Because he was freckled and had red hair. In the ten years since then, thousands of migrants have been killed. Qatar Due to extreme heat and other accidents, construction of World Cup stadiums or related facilities.
“You want to criticize someone, come to me,” Infantino spoke in the hour-long lecture he gave to the international media at the Qatar National Convention Center.
“Criticize me. Here I am. Crucify me,” Infantino said. “Don’t criticize Qatar.”
Surprisingly, he described himself as representing all oppressed people Qatar — or at least as someone with a profound understanding of what they experience in the nation.
“Today I have very strong feelings, I can tell you that,” Infantino said. “Today I feel Qatari. I feel Arab. I feel African. I feel gay. I feel disabled. I feel [like] a migrant worker.”
He also added: “Of course, I am not Qatari, I am not an Arab, I am not African, I am not gay, I am not disabled. But I feel like it because I know what it means to be discriminated [against], to be bullied, as a foreigner in a foreign country.”
Infantino assured members of the LGBTQ community that they would be safe — though there have been no such guarantees made by Qatari officials. In fact, Qatar’s ambassador to Britain has warned that kissing between same-sex couples would likely be problematic.
Amnesty International harshly criticized Infantino after his remarks, saying he was guilty of “brushing aside legitimate human rights criticisms” and “dismissing the enormous price paid by migrant workers” To make the tournament possible.
Infantino also defended Qatar’s last-minute ban on all alcohol, even beer, at all of the stadiums. He laughed at the idea that fans should be allowed to attend. “three hours” You can’t have a beer. The ban will not be applied to FIFA He is one of many executives and wealthy guests who will be allowed alcohol in their luxurious stadium suites.
Fans from all over the globe have demanded boycotts of the event and many teams have or will protest the violations of human rights in the country.
Critics on twitter criticized Infantino for being one of the highest-paid sports administrators in the country. They said that he pretended to identify himself with migrant workers as well as other oppressed people. Qatar.