Doha, Qatar (CNN) – FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that “everyone is welcome” on Saturday during a press conference on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, describing European criticism about the situation of migrant workers as “hypocrisy.”
This came in Infantino’s press conference: “Today I feel that I am Qatari. Today I feel that I am Arab. Today I feel that I am African. Today I feel that I am homosexual. Today I feel helpless. Today I feel that I am a migrant worker.”
And Infantino went on to say: “If Europe really cares about the fate of these people, these young people.” – with reference to migrant workers – “Europe could also do as Qatar did, by creating some legal channels, whereby at least a number, or a percentage of these workers, can go to Europe.”
Gianni Infantino added that he came to Qatar six years ago and addressed the issue of migrant workers “directly” since his “first” meeting.
Infantino said: “I think what we Europeans have been doing in the past 3,000 years around the world, we should apologize for it for the next 3,000 years before we start giving moral lessons to people… But this one-sided moral lesson is just hypocrisy.”
The tournament had struggled with a number of human rights issues surrounding the country’s anti-homosexuality laws.
“And let me also mention, the LGBT situation I’ve spoken to the country’s top leadership about several times, not just once. They have confirmed and I can confirm that everyone is welcome.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino continued: “This is a clear requirement of FIFA. Everyone must be welcomed. Everyone who comes to Qatar is welcome, regardless of religion, race, sexual orientation or belief. Everyone is welcome. This was our demand and the Qatari state adheres to this demand.”