US soccer journalist Grant Wahl dies while covering World Cup in Qatar


Influential American football journalist Grant Wahl died in Qatar while covering the World Cup, his brother announced. He was 48.

While covering Argentina’s quarter-final victory over the Netherlands on Friday, Wahl, who had been running his own Substack after working for Sports Illustrated, collapsed at the Lusail Iconic Stadium and was rushed to a nearby hospital . It is unclear whether he died in hospital or in transit.

His brother, Eric, believes foul play by the Qatari government may have been involved.

Grant Wahl
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Grant Wahl was recently detained for wearing a rainbow shirt while covering the World Cup.
Grant Wahl was recently detained for wearing a rainbow shirt while covering the World Cup.
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“My name is Eric Wahl. I live in Seattle, Washington. I’m Grant Wahl’s brother. I’m gay,” he said in a video posted to his Instagram account. “I’m the reason he wore the rainbow shirt to the World Cup. My brother was healthy. He told me he had been threatened with death. I don’t believe my brother just died. I believe he was murdered. And I beg for help.”

Ahead of the USMNT’s World Cup match against Wales, Wahl was initially barred from entering the Ahmad bin Ali stadium and detained for 30 minutes for wearing a shirt featuring a soccer ball surrounded by a rainbow. Finally he was let into the stadium.

The government of Qatar cracked down on pro-LGBTQ demonstrations during the tournament, despite their original promises not to. In addition to his rainbow-themed shirt, Wahl has been an outspoken critic of Qatar’s government and the organization of the World Cup. On Thursday he wrote: “They just don’t care. The Qatar World Cup organizers are not even hiding their apathy for the deaths of migrant workers, including the most recent,” in an article on his Substack.

“We’re still trying to figure it out,” Eric continued. “He collapsed in the stadium, was given CPR, was taken to hospital by Uber and died according to Celine. We just spoke to the State Department and Celine spoke to Ron Klain and the White House.”

Just a day earlier, Wahl revealed he was dealing with bronchitis while feeling bad.

“I think my body was telling me, even after the US went out, ‘Dude, you’re not sleeping enough.’ It rebelled against me, ‘Wahl said on his podcastst “Futbol with Grant Wahl” on Thursday. “So I had a case of bronchitis this week, I’ve been to the medical clinic at the media center twice now, including today. I feel better today. I actually canceled everything on this Thursday and took a nap. And I’m doing a little better. I think you can probably tell by my voice that I’m not 100 percent.

Wahl was married to Céline R. Gounder, an American infectious disease physician who served on the COVID-19 advisory board transition team to President Joe Biden.

During the match, Wahl tweeted coverage of the proceedings. His last twoIt was at 4:05 PM Eastern Time.

“I’m so grateful for the support from my husband @GrantWahl’s football family and so many friends who reached out tonight,” Grounder tweeted. “I’m in shock.”

Born in Kan., A Mission, Wahl attended Princeton University. In addition to his work at Sports Illustrated, he was also a football correspondent and analyst for CBS Sports and Fox Sports, and authored the book “The Beckham Experiment.”

“The entire American football family is heartbroken to hear that we have lost Grant Wahl,” US Soccer said said in a statement. “Fans of the highest quality football and journalism knew we could always count on Grant to deliver insightful and entertaining stories about our game and its key protagonists: teams, players, coaches and the many personalities that make football unlike any other sport. also. Here in the United States, Grant’s passion for football and dedication to raising his profile in our sporting landscape played a major role in driving interest in and respect for our beautiful game.

“Equally important, Grant’s belief in the power of play to advance human rights has been and remains an inspiration to all. Grant made football his life’s work and we are devastated that he and his brilliant writing will no longer be with us.

“American football extends its sincere condolences to Grant’s wife, Dr. Celine Grounder, and all his family, friends and colleagues in the media. And we thank Grant for his tremendous dedication to and impact on our game in the United States. His writing and the stories he told will live on.”

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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