Another 2nd journalist died in the World Cup in Qatar

Author: Umutesiwase Raudwa
On:12/12/2022 12:45
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A second journalist has died while covering the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

According to the Gulf Times, Qatari photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam died "suddenly" over the weekend.

"Al- Misslam, a Qatari, died abruptly while reporting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022," the Qatar news agency reported. We trust in Allah's mercy and pardon for him, and we express our heartfelt condolences to his family."

Al-Misslam was a World Cup reporter for the Qatari news station Al Kass TV. The reasons of his death remain unknown, with the TV station just quickly noting his demise during their live show.

His death comes only days after the loss of famous American soccer writer Grant Wahl, who died while covering the World Cup in Qatar. He was 48.

While reporting Argentina's quarter-final triumph against the Netherlands, Wahl, who had previously worked for Sports Illustrated, fell at Lusail Iconic Stadium and was transported to a local hospital before passing away.

It is unknown if he died at the hospital or while being transported.

Eric, his brother, suspects foul play on the part of the Qatari

Wahl was initially denied entry to Ahmad bin Ali Stadium and detained for 30 minutes before the American team's game against Wales because he was wearing a jersey picturing a soccer ball encircled by a rainbow. He was ultimately allowed to enter the stadium.

Despite their initial pledges, the Qatari authorities cracked down on pro-LGBTQ protests during the event.

In addition to his rainbow-themed clothing, Wahl has been a vocal opponent of the Qatari government and their World Cup hosting.

He wrote on Friday: “They just don’t care. Qatari World Cup organizers don’t even hide their apathy over migrant worker deaths, including the most recent one,” in an article on his Substack.

It has emerged that Wah was l featured on a podcast the day before his death and eluded to feeling sick.

“So I’ve had a case of bronchitis this week, I’ve been to the medical clinic at the media center twice now, including today. I’m feeling better today I basically canceled everything on this Thursday that I had and napped. And I’m doing slightly better. I think you can probably tell in my voice that I’m not 100 percent.”

It’s said that he collapsed at the stadium, was given CPR and taken to the hospital.