Qatar has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons since they won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World cup over a decade ago.
On 2nd December 2010 FIFA awarded Qatar the right to host the 2022 edition of the global soccer fiesta, as they became the first middle eastern nation to host the world cup beating off the rival bids from United states who were considered the favourites by many as well as Australia South Korea and Japan.
Winning the bid has raised canker-worm of sort on human rights abuse of migrant workers in the nation as well as their anti social laws against the female gender and liberalism hinged on their strict moral codes inspired their Islamic religious belief.
The world woke to the news that Alcohol will not be sold at the world cup stadiums attributed to the Qatar world cup organising committee which left a stale taste on appetites of western soccer loving fans.
On same day Finland’s largest daily Helsingin Sanomat cancelled its journalist’s assignment to cover the world cup in Qatar, after finding out they would be accommodated in the apartments from which migrant workers had been evicted from, few weeks to the opening ceremony of the World Cup, when they had labored to ensure that Qatar govt meets the required deadline for perfecting preparations to hosting the world cup.
FIFA President who seemed perturbed with the incessant condemnation of the Qatar’s social standards going into the World Cup, has jumped to their defense, by drawing the world’s attention to other injustices in the world that everyone overlooks in their communities.
“There are 1 billion disabled people in the world and nobody cares. Europe can’t give moral lessons to Qatar based on it’s actions over the previous 1,000+ years. I know what it feels to be discriminated; I was bullied because I had red hair.” Gianni Infantino said today according to reports in Skynews
“Today I feel Qatari, I feel Arab, I feel African, I feel gay, I feel disabled, I feel a migrant worker…. For what we Europeans have been doing around the world in the last 3,000 years we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons” Infantino started what was supposed to be a 45-minute Q&A with the media in Doha before Sunday’s opening game.
Infantino also responded to reports of fans being paid to support different nations at the World Cup.
“The world is divided enough, we are organising a World Cup, not a war,” he said. “We organise a World Cup where people who have many problems want to come and enjoy. Look at the city, it’s beautiful. People are happy to celebrate.
“They were happy when the teams come and they go to see them, and what do I read? These people don’t look English, they shouldn’t cheer for England because they look like Indians. What is that?
“Can somebody who looks like an Indian not cheer for England, Spain or Germany? You know what this is. This is racism, this is pure racism. We have to stop that because everyone in the world has the right to cheers for who they want.”
The build-up to the World Cup has been overshadowed by the treatment of LGBTQ+ people and the deaths of migrant workers, but Infantino said critics were in no position “to give moral lessons to people”.
Football’s embattled world governing body FIFA is considering to make a country’s human rights record a factor in awarding future tournaments in the wake of a string of concerns over corruption and the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar.
Those within FIFA responsible for drawing up the new bidding rules are understood to be considering the idea as a result of the global outcry that met reports from human rights groups and about the conditions faced by migrant workers in the region.