Piers Morgan slams UK, BBC for disrespecting Qatar, politicizing FIFA
Morgan calls out London's hypocrisy due to their stance towards Qatar.
British journalist Piers Morgan slammed the UK and British media - particularly the BBC - for its lack of respect for Qatar, for not broadcasting the opening matches of the FIFA World Cup, turning the sports event into a political arena.
In a bid to depict that the UK owes some favor to Qatar, Morgan tweeted: "Britain gets 20% of its gas from Qatar. Obviously, to signal our virtue, we should tell them we don’t want it any more - right?"
Britain gets 20% of its gas from Qatar. Obviously, to signal our virtue, we should tell them we don’t want it any more - right?— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 21, 2022
In another tweet, Morgan slammed the UK for being disrespectful, saying it should end its hypocrisy and should "bring home their vast army of employees."
Outrageously disrespectful to Qatar that the BBC didn’t broadcast the World Cup opening ceremony, and instead put out more virtue-signalling guff about how awful it is. If they’re that appalled, they should bring home their vast army of employees & spare us this absurd hypocrisy.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 20, 2022
Similar instances of Europeans calling the West out on their hypocrisy have filled tabloids. Last week, Swiss-born FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave a lengthy, emotional defense of Qatar and the FIFA 2022 World Cup during a monologue at a news conference in Doha that lasted for almost an hour.
Since the event has been overshadowed by issues in Qatar, Switzerland-born Infantino used historically correct facts to argue a lesser of two evils in his defense of FIFA's reputation and decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar, with many Western countries accusing it of human rights violations. The FIFA president explained that Europe has committed more human rights violations historically.
Without any context or mention of the atrocities committed by Europeans across the Arab world, Infantino praised Qatar, adding that "if Europe really care about the destiny of these people, they can create legal channels - like Qatar did - where a number of these workers can come to Europe to work. Give them some future, some hope."
The FIFA president also noted that he has had "difficulties understanding the criticism. We have to invest in helping these people, in education, and to give them a better future and more hope. We should all educate ourselves, many things are not perfect but reform and change takes time."
This "one-sided moral lesson" he highlighted, "is just hypocrisy."
Furthermore, he added "I don't have to defend Qatar, they can defend themselves. I defend football. Qatar has made progress and I feel many other things as well."