FIFA president Gianni Infantino has launched a scathing attack on the organisation’s critics, accusing them of hypocrisy and Suggesting they are motivated by a desire to see the World Cup in Qatar fail. In an interview with Russian news agency TASS, Infantino said: “I think there is a lot of envy involved, I think there is a lot of anger involved, because somebody did something that they thought was impossible.” He added: “The fact that we are going to have the first World Cup in the Arab world, in Qatar, I think is something extraordinary.”
FIFA chief criticizes World Cup critics
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hit out at critics of the forthcoming World Cup in Qatar, accusing them of hypocrisy.
Speaking at a news conference in Zurich, Infantino said it was “easy to be a Monday morning critic” and that many of those criticizing Qatar’s hosting of the tournament had been silent when other countries were awarded the event.
He also said that FIFA was working hard to ensure that the 2022 World Cup would be a success, despite concerns over conditions for workers in Qatar.
“I am not here to defend everything that has been done in relation to the organization of the World Cup in Qatar,” Infantino said. “But I am here to tell you that we are doing everything possible so that this World Cup can be successful.”
“Those who are now criticising us and saying it cannot work in Qatar, they were maybe not so loud when their own country was chosen to host a World Cup,” he added.
Infantino’s comments come amid mounting criticism of FIFA and the decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty International has accused FIFA of “turning a blind eye” to human rights abuses in Qatar, while last week a group of British MPs called for Infantino to be sacked over his handling of the issue.
Qatar has been accused of human rights abuses
Qatar has been accused of human rights abuses in relation to its preparation for the FIFA World Cup. Amnesty International has reported that migrant workers employed in the country to build World Cup infrastructure have been subjected to forced labor and other abuses.
The International Trade Union Confederation has also raised concerns about the working conditions of migrant workers in Qatar, and has called on FIFA to do more to ensure that workers’ rights are protected.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has defended Qatar’s record on human rights, and accused critics of hypocrisy, saying that they are “the same people” who criticized the decision to award the World Cup to Russia.
FIFA has been accused of corruption
FIFA has been accused of corruption for years, and those allegations have only intensified in recent months. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has come under fire for his handling of the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.
Critics have also pointed to FIFA’s decision to award the 2026 World Cup to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico as further evidence of corruption within the organization. Blatter has vehemently denied all accusations of wrongdoing, and he has even gone so far as to accuse his critics of hypocrisy.
In an interview with Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick, Blatter said that many of the same people who are now criticizing FIFA were the ones who praised the organization when it awarded the World Cups to Russia and Qatar. He also suggested that there is a bias against FIFA because it is a successful organization.
Blatter’s comments are sure to anger critics even further, but it remains to be seen if they will have any impact on his tenure as FIFA president. For now, it seems likely that he will continue to lead FIFA through its next few controversies.
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar, and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has blasted critics of the decision. Blatter accused critics of hypocrisy, saying that they were only complaining because Qatar is a small country with no football history. He also pointed out that Qatar has the financial resources to host a successful World Cup, and that it has already demonstrated its ability to do so by hosting the successful Asian Cup in 2011.
How FIFA’s critics are hypocrites
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has launched a scathing attack on the organisation’s critics, accusing them of hypocrisy ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
Blatter was speaking at a press conference in Zurich on Wednesday, where he also hit out at those who have called for the 2022 World Cup to be moved to another country.
“There is a great deal of hypocrisy in the attacks on FIFA,” said Blatter. “People say we are not good enough, that we should be doing more for human rights and for workers’ rights.
“But when it comes to taking action, they do nothing.”
Blatter also accused FIFA’s critics of being motivated by politics and self-interest, rather than concern for the welfare of workers in Qatar.
“Some people want to use this World Cup as a platform to advance their own political agendas,” he said. “But I am here to defend FIFA and the work we do.”
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hit out at the organisation’s critics ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, accusing them of hypocrisy. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Infantino said that some of FIFA’s fiercest detractors had now realised that the 2022 World Cup was going to be a “great event”. “There are always people who criticise FIFA,” he said. “But when you look at what we have achieved over the last few years, I think it is clear that we are moving in the right direction.” He added: “The important thing is that, in 2022, there will be a World Cup in Qatar and it will be a great event.”