In a statement, Fifa President Gianni Infantino denounces “lies” about the controversy over the images of the medal ceremony for the Club World Cup in Qatar.
Gianni Infantino does not intend to let this go. While images of the medal ceremony of the Club World Cup in Qatar, last week, are controversial, the president of Fifa denounces “lies”. He denies asking the female referees not to slap the fist of Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the royal family of Qatar, unlike the male members of the referee who come before or after them. And reaffirms its commitment to women’s rights and equality.
“Given the lies that have been spread online about what I told the female officials at the FIFA Club World Cup medal ceremony, I would like to provide a clarification,” says Gianni Infantino in a statement on Monday afternoon. I took the opportunity to congratulate them for the excellent job they have done throughout the competition. It was a milestone for FIFA. The first time around that female officials have been appointed and practiced at a FIFA senior men’s competition. “
Infantino: “Those who spread false rumors should be ashamed of themselves”
“As everyone knows, I am a strong defender of women’s rights and equal treatment of every human being, adds the president of the International Federation. Regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, orientation, religion or physical ability The FIFA statutes explicitly state that FIFA is committed to respecting all internationally recognized human rights and strives to promote the protection of these rights. who have spread false rumors should be ashamed of their actions. “
Earlier, Qatar denied any sexist request in a statement relayed by the site ESPN. “In this case, the misunderstanding arose from the perception that three of the match officials did not want to conduct the usual check with His Excellency, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, which was of course their right”, explained the ‘organization.