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FIFA World Cup: Qatar World Cup 2022 – FIFA President Gianni Infantino accused critics of World Cup host Qatar’s treatment of migrants…

FIFA World Cup: Qatar World Cup 2022 – FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Saturday accused critics of World Cup host Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers of hypocrisy, adding that engagement was the only way to improve human rights. Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 LIVE updates with Akashera.IN

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FIFA World Cup: FIFA boss accuses critics of Qatar of hypocrisy ahead of World Cup

In lengthy, and at times angry, opening remarks at a press conference on the eve of the start of the tournament, Infantino rounded on European critics of the host nation on the issue of migrant workers and LGBT rights.
“I am European. For what we have done for 3,000 years around the world, we should apologize for the next 3,000 years before we give moral lessons.” he said.

“I find it difficult to understand the criticism. We need to invest in helping these people, in education and giving them a better future and more hope. We should all educate ourselves, many things are not perfect, but reform and change take time. “This one-sided moral lesson is just hypocrisy,” he said.

“It is not easy to take the criticism of a decision that was made 12 years ago. Doha is ready, Qatar is ready and of course it will be the best World Cup ever.” Drawing on his own experience as a child of migrant workers growing up in Switzerland, Infantino said he had been bullied for being Italian and for having red hair and freckles.

“I know how it feels to be discriminated (against), I know how it feels to be bullied,” he said.

“What are you doing? You start engaging, that’s what we should do… The only way to get results is to engage. “I believe that the changes that have happened in Qatar might not have happened, or at least not at that speed, (without the World Cup). Obviously we have to keep the pressure, obviously we have to try to things better.”

FIFA World Cup: FIFA boss accuses critics of Qatar of hypocrisy ahead of World Cup

Infantino also defended Iran’s presence at the tournament despite the current wave of deadly protests sparked by the death of a woman in police custody in September. “It’s not two regimes playing against each other, it’s not two ideologies playing against each other, it’s two football teams.” he said.

“If we don’t at least have football to bring us together… what world are we going to live in? In Iran there are 80 million people, are they all bad? Are they all monsters?” Commenting on Friday’s decision to ban the sale of alcoholic beer in stadiums during the tournament, Infantino said FIFA had failed to persuade Qatar’s government to stand by the original decision to allow it.

“We tried and that’s why I’m giving you the late change of policy,” he said. – We tried to see if it was possible. Infantino said he had received assurances from the highest levels of Qatar’s government that LGBT people would be welcomed in the country for the World Cup.

Same-sex relationships are illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison in Qatar. Some soccer stars have raised concerns about the rights of fans traveling to the event, particularly LGBT+ individuals and women, who rights groups say Qatar’s laws discriminate against.

In an extraordinary end to the press conference, Bryan Swanson, FIFA’s director of media relations, took the microphone to defend Infantino. “I have seen a lot of criticism of Gianni Infantino since I joined FIFA, especially from the LGBTI community,” he said.

“I sit here in a privileged position on a global stage as a gay man here in Qatar. He has received assurances that everyone will be welcome… Just because Gianni Infantino isn’t gay doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. He does not care.”

FIFA World Cup: FIFA boss accuses critics of Qatar of hypocrisy ahead of World Cup

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