FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said he “feels gay” and “like a migrant worker” in a ridiculous attempt to counter accusations made against Qatar’s human rights record. During a press conference on Saturday morning, Mr Infantino tried to show solidarity with those that have been discriminated against by saying he was “bullied because I had red hair” when he was a child. As Qatar comes under increasing pressure over its alleged mistreatment and exploitation of migrant workers to prepare the nation for the World Cup, as well as its intolerant approach to same sex marriage and gay rights, the FIFA President was slammed for his “car crash” interview suggesting there was European hypocrisy.
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Mr Infantino said on Saturday morning: “Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel a migrant worker.”
He later added that he “knows what it feels like to be discriminated against… I was bullied because I had red hair”.
Concerning the alleged exploitation of migrant workers in Qatar, Mr Infantino said they have earned more than they would at home.
He then claimed “there are 1 billion disabled people in the world … and nobody cares”, suggesting European criticism of the tournament was guilty of hypocrisy and inconsistency.
His attempts at justifying the tournament being held in Qatar appear to have failed to convince critics, with one person calling the press conference a “car crash”.
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