One other Qatar World Cup journalist kicks the bucket

Mirror UK stories that one other journalist protecting the World Cup in his homeland died instantly over the weekend, based on 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 in the course of 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 employees who carried out CPR and used an automated chest compressor earlier than his demise was introduced following a reported coronary heart assault.

Wahl was reporting on his eighth World Cup and mentioned on Monday, almost per week earlier than his demise, that he had visited a hospital in Qatar whereas feeling unwell. 

FIFA, in a speeding temper to quell the unfold of demise speculations, mentioned that each one potential efforts had 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 wish to affirm that, consistent with medical protocols, and as per the report from Hamad Medical Company’s Ambulance Service in Qatar, a defibrillator was obtainable 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 employees 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 dwell in Seattle, Washington. I’m Grant Wahl’s brother. I’m homosexual. I’m the rationale he wore the rainbow shirt to the World Cup. My brother was wholesome.

“He instructed me he acquired demise 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 the USA and mentioned that his household wouldn’t launch a reason behind demise till an post-mortem had been carried out within the US. 

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

“I have 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 to be very disbelieving.”

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

Journalist Grant Wahl dies at Qatar World Cup

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