Arsene Wenger takes swipe at players’ political statements

Doha: Arsene Wenger praised the Socceroos’ historic World Cup performance before making the surprising, controversial and contradictory suggestion that “political demonstrations” carried out in Qatar caused teams to lose focus and contributed to poor performances.

Wenger, who has been working as FIFA’s head of global football development since late 2019, offered the comments unprompted on Sunday in an apparent swipe at teams like Australia, Germany, Denmark and others who have expressed unease with the host country’s human rights record and treatment of LGBTQ people.

Arsene Wenger says teams may have focused on “political demonstrations” at the expense of World Cup performance.

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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