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FIFA Head Lambasts Critics in Emotive Defense of Qatar World Cup

  • Europe can’t give moral lessons to Qatar, Infantino says
  • Comments follow last-minute ban on alcohol sales at stadiums
Gianni Infantino in Doha, in Nov. 19

Gianni Infantino in Doha, in Nov. 19

Photographer: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

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Embattled FIFA President Gianni Infantino defended the Qatar World Cup a day before the tournament begins, accusing critics of the nation’s human rights record of hypocrisy.

Speaking after months of concern over the country’s treatment of migrant workers, anger at its LGBTQ laws and doubts over the legitimacy of the decision to hold the tournament there, Infantino said it was wrong for Europe to lecture the Qataris.