FIFA World Cup: FIFA President Gianni Infantino has given an explosive press conference ahead of the tournament. In his fresh remarks he has said that before holding the moral high ground over Qatar, Europeans should apologise to the world for 3000 years.
Gianni Infantino gives an explosive press conference. (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: FIFA president Gianni Infantino has given an explosive press conference a day ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Scheduled to begin on 20 November, the 2022 edition of the tournament has copped a lot of blows over the host country – Qatar. International teams like Denmark and Australia have openly talked about the human rights issue in Qatar, while the United States of America football team has launched an initiative stating that Qatar has to do more about its social situations.
Things boiled over further on Thursday, when FIFA did a last minute U-turn, where it said that it would not be serving alcohol inside the stadiums. With social media going berserk with criticism of Qatar and FIFA, Infantino delivered a rousing speech, stating that Europeans had no right to teach morals to the world.
“I think for what we Europeans have been doing for 3,000 years around the world, we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons to people,” Infantino said.
He started off his note by saying that he understood how it felt to be marginalised, giving an account of how he was bullied in school for being different.
“Today I have very strong feelings. Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel a migrant worker,” Infantino said.
“Of course, I’m not Qatari, I’m not Arab, I’m not African, not gay, not disabled, not really a migrant worker. I feel like them because I know what it means to be discriminated, as a foreigner in a foreign country, as a child at school I was bullied as I had red hair & freckles,” he further added.
Earlier, defending champions France captain Hugo Llloris said that it was too late to talk about the host country and it should have been done when the tournament was being awarded. He had further added that if somebody would come into his country and challenge its rules, he would not be too happy about it.
Infantino said FIFA recognised the issues that were present in Qatar, but the moral lesson giving was hypocrisy.
“Of course, there are things that don’t work [in Qatar] and need to be addressed. But this moral lesson giving, one-sided, it is just hypocrisy,” Infantio said.