Infantino says double standards behind World Cup critics

Infantino says double standards behind World Cup critics

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino took aim at European critics of World Cup host Qatar on Saturday, suggesting a double standard on his continent.

Infantino listed Europe’s problems on the eve of Qatar kicking off its home tournament, which has been dogged for years by criticism of the emirate’s human rights record and treatment of migrant workers who built stadiums and infrastructure .

“What we Europeans have been doing for the last 3,000 years, we should apologize for the next 3,000 years before we start giving moral lessons to people,” Infantino told hundreds of international media.

He said Qatar and the capital Doha would be ready to host the “best World Cup ever”.

“Today I feel Qatari,” Infantino said. “Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. I feel gay today. Today I feel like a migrant worker”.

Infantino linked the criticism to the harassment and discrimination he said he experienced as the son of Italian parents who moved to work in Switzerland.

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