The FIFA president hinted that, despite the backward customs and laws that prevail in Qatar, the 2022 World Cup has meant important advances for the country to open up to a better future amid criticism for homophobia, machismo and issues of human rights. Infantino believes that before giving moral lessons, Europe must apologize for the next 3,000 years for what has been done so far in history.
The president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, came out of the way of criticism and defended the holding of the World Cup in Qatar 2022, this due to questions of customs, idiosyncrasies and current human rights issues in the country organizing the next planetary event. of football that begins this Sunday, November 20.
In the press conference prior to tomorrow’s kick-off and in front of more than 400 journalists from around the world, Infantino emphatically stated that “what is happening right now is profoundly unfair. Criticism for the World Cup is hypocritical. For what we Europeans have done during the last 3,000 years, we should be apologizing for the next 3,000 before giving moral lessons to others. These moral lessons are just hypocrisy.”
“Today I have very intense feelings. Today I feel Qatari, today I feel Arab, today I feel African, today I feel gay, today I feel disabled, today I feel like a migrant worker,” added the Swiss-Italian.
Regarding the complaints about the hundreds of deaths in the construction work of the stadiums, the world soccer helmsman explained that “among the big companies that earn billions in Qatar, how many have worried about the fate of migrant workers? ? None, because a change in the legislation means less income. We have done it. Why is no one acknowledging this progress?
“I find it hard to understand the criticism. We have to invest in helping these people, in education and in giving them a better future and more hope. We should all educate ourselves, many things are not perfect, but to reform and change takes time,” she added.
Homophobia in Qatar
He also had space to refer to the persecution of sexual minorities and homophobic practices that prevail in Qatar today.
“If you ask me as FIFA president, gays should be allowed. But it is a process that takes time. If my father, who is no longer in this world, were asked the same thing, he would probably have a different answer. And if they asked my children, they would also have a different answer,” Infantino said.
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