If there were any doubt the politics of world football is performance theatre, Gianni Infantino laid it to rest 24 hours before the World Cup kicked off in Qatar. In an extraordinary 57-minute monologue to journalists assembled in Qatar, the president of Fifa, world soccer’s governing body, conflated 12 years of sustained and hostile criticism of the West Asian country’s many failings with colonialism, Eurocentrism and Western hypocrisy.

“I think for what we Europeans have been doing [for] the last 3,000 years we should be apologising for [the] next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons to people,” he said.

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Originally published at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com on November 21, 2022.

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Rashmee Roshan Lall

Rashmee Roshan Lall

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PhD. Journalism by trade & inclination. Writer. My novel 'Pomegranate Peace' is about my year in Afghanistan. I teach journalism at university