DOHA, Qatar — The president of world soccer’s governing body on Saturday sought to blunt mounting concerns about the World Cup Qatar with a strident defense of both the host country’s reputation and FIFA’s authority over its showpiece championship. The president has been resolute in his defense of the event and the criticisms it received, especially from Europe. Gianni InfantinoHe seemed to enjoy redirecting much anger towards himself.

A remarkable hourlong soliloquy is held Infantino Attacked Western critics QatarWestern companies that do business in the country, as well as human rights groups and news media outlets who have highlighted the issue of migrant workers. “moral lesson-giving” “hypocrisy.” He seemed to compare his experience as a redheaded child immigrant to Switzerland with the suffering of gays in Middle East and to defend the laws and customs from the host country.

“You want to criticize someone, come to me,” Infantino said. “Criticize me. Here I am. Crucify me,” He continued, performing an act of rising from his seat and stretching his arms wide.

“Don’t criticize Qatar,” He went on. “Don’t criticize the players. Don’t criticize anyone. Criticize FIFA, criticize me, if you want. Because I’m responsible for everything.”

Through a series of rambling comments that are marred by ridicule or false equivalencies Infantino They also tried to reassure gay people and others in the tiny Gulf State that they were safe and welcome. However, this was countered by growing evidence. QatarAnd not FIFA, was in control of major decisions related to the tournament; and defended the last-minute decision by local organizers on Friday to ban the sale of beer at the tournament’s eight stadiums.

“I think personally, if for three hours a day you cannot drink a beer, you will survive,” Infantino said.

He also spent significant time defending the Constitution. Qatar’s treatment of migrant laborers, the workers hired from some of the poorest corners of the planet to rebuild the desert state in a decade-long buildup to the first Arab World Cup. Thousands of workers have died in that period, according to human rights groups — Qatar has repeatedly disputed those claims — after working long hours in intense heat and other harsh conditions.

Infantino These criticisms were branded as “hypocrisy” “moral lesson-giving” A part of the world which should have its own history. One time, he even created an equivalent between Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers and other endangered groups like gays and women with the long are of western history.

“I think for what we Europeans have been doing around the world for the last 3,000 years, we should be apologizing for the next 3,000 years, before starting to give moral lessons,” Infantino said.