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FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said he “feels gay” and “like a migrant worker” in a ridiculous attempt to counter accusations made against Qatar’s human rights record. During a press conference on Saturday morning, Mr Infantino tried to show solidarity with those that have been discriminated against by saying he was “bullied because I had red hair” when he was a child. As Qatar comes under increasing pressure over its alleged mistreatment and exploitation of migrant workers to prepare the nation for the World Cup, as well as its intolerant approach to same sex marriage and gay rights, the FIFA President was slammed for his “car crash” interview suggesting there was European hypocrisy. 

Mr Infantino said on Saturday morning: “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.” 

He later added that he “knows what it feels like to be discriminated against… I was bullied because I had red hair”. 

Concerning the alleged exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar, Mr Infantino said they have earned more than they would at home. 

He then claimed “there are 1 billion disabled people in the world … and nobody cares”, suggesting European criticism of the tournament was guilty of hypocrisy and inconsistency. 

His attempts at justifying the tournament being held in Qatar appear to have failed to convince critics, with one person calling the press conference a “car crash”. 

Concerning European and Western criticism of Qatar over its alleged human rights abuses, Mr Infantino said FIFA were “generating much less profit” from the tournament than many multinational companies 

He said: “For what we Europeans have been doing around the world in the last 3,000 years we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons to people.

“How many of these European or Western business companies who earn millions from Qatar, billions, how many of them have addressed migrant workers’ rights with the authorities?

“None of them, because if you change the legislation it means less profit. But we did, and FIFA generates much less than any of these companies from Qatar.”


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