Criticism of Qatar is overblown; If you go to play football, you should do it; President of the French Football Federation
Paris: The president of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët, responded to the criticism of various Western media with an agenda against Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 Football World Cup.
Grete’s response to defending Qatar was in an interview given to the French channel RTL. He opined that excessive propaganda is being carried out against Qatar.
“The country (Qatar) is what they are. “I look at the football side of it,” Grete said. Al Jazeera reported that the head of French football said that those participating in the World Cup should focus on football.
He praised this year’s Qatar World Cup as a huge success. “Tuesday’s television ratings hit a record high, as evidenced by that. “All the cafes where the match was shown were packed,” Grete said.
He defended the decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and also responded to the One Love Am Band controversy in the interview.
” This is not to say that I am not in favor of this arm band. But I feel that while we are teaching others one by one, we should first check what is happening in our country,” he added.
Grete had already said that he wanted French captain Hugo Lloris not to wear the One Love armband at the World Cup.
Meanwhile, captains of seven European teams had planned to wear rainbow-coloured armbands as part of a campaign against Qatar’s discrimination against the LGBTQ community, but backed out after threats of disciplinary action by FIFA.
Grete’s reaction is similar to that of FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who dismissed criticism against Qatar.
Media such as BBC and Reuters have already been criticized for providing anti-Qatar news.
Earlier, Colombian singer Maluma also made big news when he walked out of an interview to protest the Israeli host’s continued questions about human rights in Qatar.
Maluma, one of the singers of Qatar’s World Cup anthem Tukoh Taka, boycotted an interview conducted by Israeli public broadcaster Cannes in Qatar.
Maluma was repeatedly asked and forced to answer questions about human rights in Qatar. Maluma left after this.
At the same time, protests are intensifying against Western media reporting on the campaign model against Qatar, the first Arab country to host the World Cup. Piers Morgan himself responded in strong language to the allegations against Qatar.
Piers Morgan said that there was a double standard in the protests against Qatar, which criminalized homosexuality, and that if other countries were measured by the same yardstick as the protests and criticisms against Qatar, there would be no country qualified to host the World Cup.
“Homosexuality is a criminal offense in eight of the 32 countries competing for the World Cup. If you turn against Qatar in the name of homosexuality, you should do the same with the other seven countries. If you are thinking of changing the venue to America, there are even more cruel and regressive laws. Abortion is an example. The same is true in the UK.
We (the US) illegally invaded Iraq. The terrorism of ISIS also started. That terrorism has continued for more than 20 years. Do we have any qualification to be a World Cup venue,” said Piers Morgan.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino also said that the news and criticisms given by the Western media against Qatar are full of duplicity and hypocrisy.
“It’s a double standard. One hundred percent injustice is happening in these criticisms. We Europeans have to apologize for at least the next 3000 years for what we Europeans have done in the last 3000 years. “Then you can give advice to others,” Infantino said.
There have been protests from Qatar and other parts of the world against Qatar’s legal system, which criminalizes homosexuality.
Organizations including Human Rights Watch had reported about many human rights violations and labor exploitations in Qatar as part of preparing facilities for the World Cup. But many people pointed out that anti-Muslim and racism is behind the campaign of European teams and Western media against Qatar by providing fake news.
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