The President of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, directed a harsh criticism, Thursday, of those who objected to Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup because of its record in the field of freedoms and human rights.
In an interview with television reporters in Doha, Bin Ibrahim, a member of the ruling family in Bahrain, responded to a question about the fierce campaign against Qatar, which is under the banner of his Asian Federation, “I say the caravan is moving and complete the clip,” referring to the famous Arab proverb, “The caravan is moving.” And the dogs bark.”
“The organization is honorable and the atmosphere is positive. The Brotherhood (in Qatar) did not fall short in facilities and stadiums, and I think it will be one of the most successful tournaments,” Ben Ibrahim added.
12 years ago, when it obtained the right to host Jadali, Qatar has been facing a campaign of fierce criticism and a growing stream of attacks due to various issues ranging from vote-buying, its record in the field of freedoms, human rights and women, especially its dealings with migrant workers from South Asia and the LGBTQ community.
But Qatari officials counter that their country is prone to “racism” and “double standards,” and point to reforms related to working conditions, safety, and minimum wages that have been hailed as pioneering in the Gulf region.
Next February in Manama, Salman (57 years old) will assume the presidency of the Continental Federation for a third consecutive term, after the list of candidates was limited to his name without any other competitor, after he obtained the support of the 47 federations.
It is noteworthy that Ben Brahim lost the race for the presidency of the International Federation (FIFA) to its current president, Swiss Gianni Infantino, on February 26, 2016, with a score of 115-88 votes.