The Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has accused western critics of Qatar’s human rights record of staggering hypocrisy and deliberate racism in an extraordinary attack in Doha.
In a 57-minute diatribe which frequently drew gasps of astonishment, Infantino said that European nations should apologise for acts committed in their own histories, rather than focussing on migrant workers’ issues in Qatar. He insisted the country had reformed beyond all recognition since winning the right to host the World Cup.
“Today I feel Qatari,” he began. “Today I feel Arabic. Today I feel African….