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Infantino highlighted the progress in Qatar and denounced a double standard in the West

FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave a press conference on the eve of the opening match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Photo: EFE – Jose Mendez

Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, highlighted this Saturday, one day before the start of the 2022 World Cup, the progress made in recent years in Qatar in terms of human and social rights and denounced a double standard existing in the Western world.

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“I have 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 like a migrant worker,” the world football leader began a speech on a before the media, in which he defended the management carried out and the progress achieved.

Infantino led the argument through his vital experience. “I am the son of migrant workers, my parents worked very hard in very difficult conditions. Not in Qatar, but in Switzerland. I perfectly remember where the emigrants were in Switzerland, where they lived, the rights they had, ”he recounted.

“Qatar has also made progress,” said Infantino, who noted that he found it sad to have witnessed double standards from Europe. “Europeans, Westerners, and I am European, give us many lessons. And in the last 3,000 years we should apologize for the next 3,000 years before continuing to teach people lessons”, he highlighted in his speech, in which he denounced that none of the Western companies that do business in Qatar have addressed rights like FIFA. of immigrant workers, which could imply that they would have better income.

“I don’t have to defend Qatar. They can defend themselves. I defend football and injustice. Many come and do not care about these workers. FIFA does care, football worries and Qatar does too”, added Infantino, who recalled studies on immigrants who are not from the football organization in which deaths of workers in other parts of the world were compiled and no one has requested compensation. for families.

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He stated that the workers who have arrived in Qatar have earned a hundred times more than in their countries and all done within the law. “We in Europe close our borders, we do not allow workers from these countries, or if it is done, it is in minimum numbers so that they can work. We know that there are multitudes of illegal workers in European countries, living in bad conditions”, he indicated.

The president’s speech came hours after Hassan Al Thawadi, general secretary of Qatar 2022, issued a statement against criticism of the country: “This World Cup is probably the most written and commented on, even before a ball. It is unfortunate that much of this commentary has veered toward embracing misinformation, rejecting nuance and depth, and often relying on racist tropes based on longstanding stereotypes and prejudices about the Middle East and the Arab world”.

Regarding the LGBT community, he explained that he has been discussing this issue with the highest officials in this country. “I can confirm that we welcome everyone and if there is someone who says otherwise it is not the opinion of the country. Everyone who comes to Qatar will be welcome regardless of their religion, race, sexual orientation or belief. It is our requirement and the Qatari state meets this requirement,” she stated.

He even pointed out another issue of Qatar’s work, referring to the fact that it was a country that welcomed 260 Afghan girls and women when the Taliban seized power because no European country wanted to except Albania, where they later went to seek a future.

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“We still have 400 women that we have not been able to get out of the country, but if we did, we wouldn’t know where to take them,” lamented the FIFA president, who also pointed out that “nobody talks about it being the first time 11,000 people have been able to travel from Tel Aviv directly to Doha, on the same plane as Palestinians and Israelis”.

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