French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet defended the decision to host the World Cup in Qatar.
French football federation president Noel Le Graet has defended Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup, saying there has been an “excessive campaign” against the country.
In an interview to the French channel RTL, Le Great Told: “I adore this country [Qatar] What is this. I look at football. It is up to the politicians to do their job.”
His comments reflect a similar sentiment to that of FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who urged participating nations to “focus on football”.
Qatar won its bid to host the global football tournament in 2010, but has faced criticism since then workers’ rights, LGBTQ community and others. However, many experts have also accused the West hypocrisy The way Qatar has been targeted. The country has also faced racist stereotyping – including a french cartoon recently.
In his interview, Le Graet pointed out that Qatar and France have a strong economic partnership. He said, ‘Both governments are not so bad among themselves.’ He later used Qatari businessman Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khalifi’s ownership of French football club Paris Saint-Germain as an example.
Le Graet also praised the World Cup as a success so far, saying “the evidence is that [TV] Record broken on Tuesday evening; Bistros and cafes were full everywhere”. The French soccer boss previously said he would not want France captain Hugo Lloris to wear the “One Love” armband at the World Cup.
Captain of seven European teams planned to wear rainbow armbands as part of an anti-discrimination campaign but backed down after being threatened with disciplinary action by FIFA.
“It’s not that I’m not in favor of this armband, but sometimes I think we want to lecture others so much that we should also look at what’s happening in our country,” Le Graet said. was.