FIFA President Gianni Infantino is retracted after his abstruse Africa statement to defend his controversial World Cup plans.
“Certain comments” seemed to be “misinterpreted” and “torn out of the context”, it said in a statement that the Football World Association published after the Swiss speech on Wednesday before the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
He wanted to “clarify that the more general message was in my speech that everyone is responsible for improving people around the world in a decision position,” said Infantile in the message. It had been “a general comment” that did not connect directly to the plans of a shortening of the World Cup rhythm for two years.
“We have to involve the entire world. We can not say the rest of the world: Give us your money and your players – and watches at the TV,” said Infantile on Wednesday after being talking about his World Cup idea. He continued to lead: “We have to give the Africans hope, so they no longer have to come across the Mediterranean to find a better life or, more likely, death in the sea.”
In addition, Infantile before the Council of Europe, Qatar’s Human Rights infringed World Cup hosts had defended and rejected reports on thousands of deaths on the construction sites.