Fifa boss tells Sky News he feels “200% in control” of the competition as he downplays the eleventh-hour U-turn by the authorities to ban the sale of alchol at all stadiums and insists guarantees made by the regime on people’s security are secure and he also said critics were in no position “to give moral lessons to people” at a news conference to mark the opening of the tournament.
Qatar has been under fire for its treatment of migrant workers and its attitude to LBGTQ+ rights. FIFA President defended the host nation.
Despite Qatar’s last-minute U-turn on selling alcohol at the tournament’s eight stadiums and the implications this could have for other assurances made, Infantino told Sky News: “I feel 200% in control of this World Cup, absolutely.” He also moved to downplay the about-turn, pointing out similar bans were in force at stadiums in Scotland, France and Spain.
Infantino said: “I think it’s never too late to change. Maybe we will have to do other changes in between on other topics, I don’t know.
“But when it comes to the security of people you spoke about LGBT everyone’s security is guaranteed, from the highest level of the country. This is the guarantee that we gave and we stick to it.”
Qatar’s ‘kafala system’ is a set of labour laws which allow Qatari individuals or businesses to confiscate workers’ passports and stop them leaving the country. Human rights groups say this has given developers free rein to exploit them – exposing them to gruelling working conditions for little pay and not allowing them to go home until projects materialise. There have been reports of migrant worker deaths that range from a few dozen to several thousand in the 12 years of preparation for the tournament.
Qatar’s Sharia law means same-sex sexual activity has punishments ranging from seven years in jail to death by stoning.
FIFA president has been facing critics online since he said it. Some tend to understand and back him up while some claims he isn’t spot on. What are your thought?