Gianino Infantino, FIFA president, says football fans going to matches at the 2022 FIFA World Cup “will survive” if they’re not allowed to have alcohol.
Infantino spoke on Saturday during a press conference to usher in the World Cup in Doha, Qatar.
Qatar, hosts of the Mundial, had earlier announced that fans will not have access to alcoholic beverages within stadiums.
Citing similar laws in some European countries, Infantino backed the decision of the Arab nation.
“I think personally if for three hours a day you cannot drink a beer, you will survive. The same applies in France, Spain, Scotland,” he said.
Qatar, accused of buying the World Cup hosting rights, has also been in the news over alleged poor conditions of migrant workers, a situation Infantino described as media fantasies.
Infantino, an Italian national, tore into the “hypocrisy” of European and Western nations for dwelling on negative stories around the World Cup despite their chequered past.
“I am European. For what we have been doing for 3,000 years around the world, we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before giving moral lessons,” he said.
“If Europe really cares about the destiny of these people, they can create legal channels – like Qatar did – where a number of these workers can come to Europe to work. Give them some future, some hope.
“I have difficulties understanding the criticism. We have to invest in helping these people, in education and to give them a better future and more hope. We should all educate ourselves, many things are not perfect but reform and change take time.
“This one-sided moral lesson is just hypocrisy. I wonder why no one recognises the progress made here since 2016.”
Declaring Qatar ready to host the world, the former UEFA chief, who became FIFA president following the infamous exit of Sepp Blatter in 2016, added that the latest edition will be the best ever.
“It is not easy to take the critics of a decision that was made 12 years ago. Qatar is ready, it will be the best World Cup ever,” he said.
“I don’t have to defend Qatar, they can defend themselves. I defend football.”
The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place across the country between November 20 and December 18.
Watch the moment Samuel Eto’o attacked a cameraman outside World Cup stadium
Samuel Eto’o, the former Cameroonian footballer, has been captured attacking a cameraman outside a stadium at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
In the viral footage, Eto’o, who is the president of the Cameroon Football Association, could be seen leaving Stadium 974 following the conclusion of the second-round match between Brazil and Korea on Monday.
The video initially shows the 41-year-old gleefully indulging fans’ demand for selfies and snapshots.
An unknown man with a hand-held camera and microphone approaches Eto’o with some questions.
Shortly, the footage cuts to the four-time African footballer of the year becoming hostile and being held back by his entourage.
He eventually wrestles himself free from the pacifiers and charges toward the cameraman, who is now bending down.
Leader Joe 1808 Foundation Launches Golf Tournament For Students
A Non-profit organization, Leader Joe 1808 Foundation, says it has launched a campaign to get pupils back to school through a golf competition tagged “Golf Junior Championship: Empowering Young Minds”
Speaking to Daily Trust on the competition, founder of the Leader Joe 1808 Foundation, Joseph Onus said the aim of the tournament is to provide quality Education in Primary and Secondary schools.
He said “The Back to School projects have been carried out in FCT- Abuja, Kaduna and Sokoto with Borno state in the pipeline.
“As part of our structure, the introduction of a Junior Golf Championship program is a carefully thought out decision solely focused on continuously promoting peace and education through sports especially through the Golf Championship Scholarship programs as this will reduce the large number of out of school children and engage their minds for a better future.
“The Junior Golf Championship program is created to connect young golfers from all parts of Nigeria and beyond. Our goal is to provide youths with a premier golf experience, encourage and support their education through the provision of scholarship opportunities.”
Onus added that the championship would promote unity and build a greater understanding among golfers of different cultures and values adding that the event which would be hosted by T.Y.B. Golf Club Abuja, from December 16 to 18, 2022 will attract 120 junior golfers from 36 states including the FCT.
Hospitalized football icon Pele says he’s ‘strong, with a lot of hope’
Brazilian football legend Pele said on Saturday that he feels “strong, with a lot of hope” despite medical problems that have kept the 82-year-old sports icon in the hospital with a respiratory infection.
Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, was hospitalized earlier this week amid ongoing colon cancer treatments.
“My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive,” Pele said in an Instagram post. “I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual.”
Doctors treating Pele said earlier Saturday that the Brazilian legend remained “stable,” with his condition not having deteriorated over the last day.
Pele “has had a good response to care without any worsening in the clinical picture in the last 24 hours,” doctors at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement.
Doctors made no reference to media reports earlier on Saturday that the three-time World Cup winner was receiving end-of-life care.
Pele was admitted to hospital earlier this week for what doctors said was a “re-evaluation” of the chemotherapy he has been undergoing since surgery to remove a colon tumor in September last year.
At the ongoing World Cup in Qatar, players expressed their support for Pele.
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