One other Qatar World Cup journalist kicks the bucket

Mirror UK studies that one other journalist protecting the World Cup in his homeland died instantly over the weekend, in response to the information within the Center East.

This comes as an editorial shock as Qatar’s Khalid al-Misslam was a photojournalist working for Al Kass TV, a sports activities broadcaster within the Gulf state. He’s believed to have handed away on Saturday. 

Native outlet, the Gulf Occasions briefly wrote on Twitter: “We consider in Allah’s mercy and forgiveness for him, and ship our deepest condolences to his household.”

There was extra tragedy on Saturday when main American sports activities author Grant Wahl died after collapsing throughout the quarter-final between the Netherlands and Argentina. 


The 48-year-old was mentioned to have fallen again in his seat at Lusail Iconic Stadium. He was attended by medical workers who carried out CPR and used an computerized chest compressor earlier than his loss of life was introduced following a reported coronary heart assault.

Wahl was reporting on his eighth World Cup and mentioned on Monday, practically every week earlier than his loss of life, that he had visited a hospital in Qatar whereas feeling unwell. 

FIFA, in a dashing temper to quell the unfold of loss of life speculations, mentioned that each one attainable efforts have been made to avoid wasting Grant’s life. 

A FIFA spokesperson mentioned: ”In gentle of inaccurate reporting following the tragic occasions at Lusail Stadium throughout Netherlands towards Argentina, FIFA want to affirm that, in step with medical protocols, and as per the report from Hamad Medical Company’s Ambulance Service in Qatar, a defibrillator was accessible with the primary responding paramedic workforce and utilized to the affected person as a part of their response. 

“As well as, it was confirmed that the affected person was transferred to hospital by an emergency ambulance.  Each effort was made by medical workers current to avoid wasting his life. Our ideas stay with the household of Grant Wahl.”

His brother, Eric, has made the accusation that the journalist was allegedly killed due to his feedback on the Qatari regime’s much-criticised stance on LGBT rights.


In a video posted on Instagram, which has now been deleted, Eric mentioned: ‘My identify is Eric Wahl. I reside in Seattle, Washington. I’m Grant Wahl’s brother. I’m homosexual. I’m the explanation he wore the rainbow shirt to the World Cup. My brother was wholesome.

“He informed me he acquired loss of life threats. I don’t consider my brother simply died. I consider he was killed. And I simply beg for any assist.”

He added that his brother’s physique can be repatriated to america and mentioned that his household wouldn’t launch a reason behind loss of life till an post-mortem had been carried out within the US. 

Now Khalid al-Misslam’s demise could have loads of tongues wagging because the trigger continues to be unclear.

“I need to say it’s most uncommon for 2 journalists to die inside hours of each other,” mentioned Qatar reporter Salim Akhtar. “It’s greater than coincidental, however when it occurs, it seems very disbelieving.”

Suresh Nair is an award-winning sports activities journalist who can also be a professional worldwide coach and worldwide referee teacher

Journalist Grant Wahl dies at Qatar World Cup

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