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FIFA chief accuses critics of Qatar of hypocrisy ahead of World Cup

By Reuters

[1/5] Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – FIFA President Press Conference – Main Media Center, Doha, Qatar – November 19, 2022 FIFA president Gianni Infantino during a press conference REUTERS/Matthew Childs

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 19 (Reuters) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino accused critics of World Cup host Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers of hypocrisy on Saturday, adding that engagement was the only way to improve human rights.

In lengthy, and sometimes angry, opening remarks at a news conference on the eve of the start of the tournament, Infantino rounded on European critics of the host nation over the issues of migrant workers and LGBT rights.

FIFA chief accuses critics of Qatar of hypocrisy ahead of World Cup

[1/5] Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – FIFA President Press Conference – Main Media Center, Doha, Qatar – November 19, 2022 FIFA president Gianni Infantino during a press conference REUTERS/Matthew Childs

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 19 (Reuters) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino accused critics of World Cup host Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers of hypocrisy on Saturday, adding that engagement was the only way to improve human rights.

In lengthy, and sometimes angry, opening remarks at a news conference on the eve of the start of the tournament, Infantino rounded on European critics of the host nation over the issues of migrant workers and LGBT rights.

“I am European. For what we have been doing for 3,000 years around the world, we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before giving moral lessons,” he said.

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“I have difficulties understanding the criticism. We have to invest in helping these people, in education and to give them a better future and more hope. We should all educate ourselves, many things are not perfect but reform and change takes time.

“This one-sided moral lesson is just hypocrisy,” he said.

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