Home Sports World Cup 2022: Fifa president Gianni Infantino accuses West of ‘hypocrisy’

World Cup 2022: Fifa president Gianni Infantino accuses West of ‘hypocrisy’

World Cup 2022: Fifa president Gianni Infantino accuses West of 'hypocrisy'

World Cup 2022: Fifa president Gianni Infantino accuses West of ‘hypocrisy’

At a news conference in Doha, Infantino delivered an unusual monologue during which he vehemently defended Qatar and the event for an hour.

The event has been overshadowed by problems in Qatar, such as the oppression of LGBT people and the fatalities of migrant laborers.

Infantino, who was born in Switzerland, suggested that instead of concentrating on the problems of migrant workers in Qatar, European countries should apologize for crimes against humanity from their own pasts.

Initially, Infantino said: “I’m feeling quite strong right now. Today, I identify as a migrant worker, a Qatari, an Arab, an African, a gay man, and a disabled person.”

On Sunday at Al Bayt Stadium, hosts Qatar will play the tournament’s opening match versus Ecuador (16:00 GMT).

The Guardian reported in February 2021 that 6,500 migrant workers from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka had perished in Qatar since it was awarded the World Cup bid.

The amount is based on data provided by the embassies of the nations in Qatar.

The Qatari government, however, claimed that the figure was inaccurate since not all of the fatalities reported were workers engaged in World Cup-related activity.

Only three of the 37 deaths of workers at World Cup stadium construction sites between 2014 and 2020, according to the government’s accident data, were “work-related.”

The International Labour Organization (ILO), however, maintains that this is an understatement.

Childino said: “The Western world and Europe have provided us with a wealth of knowledge. I’m from Europe. Before imparting moral lessons, we should apologize for what we have been doing for the past 3,000 years over the world.

“If Europe truly cared about these people’s future, they might establish legal pathways for some of these workers to enter the continent and find employment, much like Qatar did. Give them some hope for the future.

“I have trouble comprehending the criticism. We must make investments in these people’s welfare, education, and future in order to give them more hope. Since many things aren’t ideal but reform and change take time, we should all educate ourselves.

“It is hypocritical to teach such a biased moral lesson. Why hasn’t anyone noticed the improvements since 2016?

World Cup 2022: Fifa president Gianni Infantino accuses West of 'hypocrisy'

“It is difficult to accept the criticism of a choice made 12 years ago. It will be the best World Cup ever because Qatar is prepared.

“Qatar can defend itself; I’m not required to do so. I support football. Qatar has advanced, and I also sense many other things.

“Naturally, I am not African, Arab, or Qatari, nor am I LGBT, disabled, or a migrant worker. However, I identify with them because I understand what it’s like to face prejudice and bullying as a foreigner in a new land.

“I experienced bullying as a child due to my red hair and freckles. That led to bullying of me.”

England’s Eric Dier responded to the criticism by saying: “I was 16 years old when Qatar was given the World Cup in 2010. Where we play is not a decision that we, as players, make; that decision is decided above us.

“It’s a challenging circumstance for us. Through the tournament, it will be a challenge for each team and player. It’s depressing.”

Felix Sanchez, the manager of Qatar, continued, “A lot has been said about this, some of it is false, and some of it is not entirely accurate. The greatest tragedy, whether it occurs in Qatar or anyplace else in the world, is the loss of life while at work.

“Let’s hope that during this World Cup, we can all work together to improve the circumstances for these groups, not just in Qatar but all across the world,” said the speaker.

Following talks with the Qatari government and the ILO, Infantino announced a “dedicated and permanent office” in Doha in response to pressure on Qatar to construct a center for migrant workers.

Additionally, he stated that any worker who sustains an injury “receives compensation by law.”

He continued, “Depending on the magnitude, it could be several years of salary.”

Infantino signed a contract that will assist 25 million children and women in India and added that Fifa’s Qatar 2022 legacy fund will go toward education.