Gianni Infantino drops a few bars.  As if that wasn’t hard enough already |  World Cup 2022

Gianni Infantino drops a few bars. As if that wasn’t hard enough already | World Cup 2022


“I feel Qatari. I feel Arab. I feel African. I feel gay. I feel handicapped. I feel like a migrant worker. Man I feel like a woman. I feel for you, I think I love you. I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it gets lost. I’m a lineman for the county. I am the resurrection and I am the life. I am a woman, hear me roar. I am the leader, I am the leader, I am the leader of the gang that I am. I’m the one and only, you can’t take that away from me. I am, I am, I am Superman and I know what is going on. IIIIII, IIIIII, la la love plus one.

Pride is a hell of a drug. It wasn’t the only time Gianni Infantino dropped bars this weekend either. Just before Sunday’s big kick-off between hosts Qatar and reveler-elected Ecuador, the Fifa comedian plugged a mic into the stadium’s AP and spoke about football uniting the world in the latest tapping room. style. Although he kept it brief this time, he still managed to extract most of the atmosphere from the stadium with just a few flaps of his brass neck, and so it was left to the players to lead everyone back to new. As if it wasn’t already going to be a difficult concert.

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And to be fair they tried hard, the first 31 minutes producing a disallowed goal that sparked a global refereeing conspiracy theory, a global refereeing conspiracy theory disproving, two good goals and the keeper of most burlesque goal in a final. since the heyday of Jim Leighton. OK, so the second half was a complete non-event, not least because a lot of the home support, after watching Qatar freeze in the scorching heat, lifted their sticks and walked off, heading off again in a Luxury 4×4. Football Daily would assume they had gone in search of some Memory Obliterator stems if we didn’t know better. But overall, as the opening games went on, we saw worse. The four 0-0 in a row between 1966 and 1978 to start. So as things stand after one game, Qatar 2022 is already on track to be better than Mexico 70. It seems like Fifa knew what they were doing after all, so huh. Eh ?


Join Scott Murray from 1pm GMT for hot MBM coverage of England 1-1 Iran, while Barry Glendenning will be on deck for Senegal 2-2 Netherlands (4pm) and Rob Smyth will guide you through the United States ! UNITED STATES!! UNITED STATES!!! 1-1 Wales (7 p.m.).

The scene before England 1-1 Iran.
The scene before England 1-1 Iran. Photography: Julian Finney/Getty Images


“Timing is always timing. From your side, it’s easy to see how we can choose timings. Sometimes you write truths, sometimes you write lies. I don’t have to worry about what other people think “I talk when I want – I don’t have to worry about what other people think. I talk when I want. Everyone knows” – Cristiano Ronaldo goes wild at a press conference in Portugal to double down on something something everyone knows after last week.

Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday.
Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday. Photography: José Sena Goulão/EPA

“I sincerely admire and respect the stance the writers of recent letters to Football Daily have taken in boycotting all of the upcoming HRWC. I will be watching, and the main reason is that I cannot justify telling a seven-year-old that he’s not allowed to watch the World Cup because of how a country he’s never heard of treats migrant workers and LGBTQ+ people and women, and because of the horrible corrupt organization of Fifa. To make up for my observation, I read all the human rights related stories coming out of Qatar, and I applaud all the pieces by Barney Ronay, Jonathan Liew and many others on Big Website, highlighting all of these, and in particular David Squires incredibly impactful and poignant recent cartoon series Watch or don’t watch, but support Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, FairSquare, Big Paper/Website and all who are know how to make things better. Enjoy the football, if you can” – Brendan Mac Carron.

“I had actually put a little bit into the HRWC prep. I bought a large Canada flag for the house, a small one for the antenna in the car, and a vintage Canada shirt to wear to the gym (I don’t am not Canadian, beware, I am this unnecessarily wacky person at work). But as a series of coal mine canaries showed up throughout Friday, I realized I couldn’t tolerate any exposure to the thing. I’ll hide in virtual churches of digital Brian Glovers, recreating a malevolent and endless pastiche of the Likely Lads. Realizing that what I fear most is being accidentally exposed to accurate and timely, competently produced football news, I plan to read only The Daily” – Jon Millard.

“I don’t know why Qatar felt they should ban the sale of alcohol near pitches (Friday’s Football Daily), with the associated risk of negative publicity. Charging £12 a drink for Budweiser was certainly deterrent enough for drunkenness” – Mike Boulton.

“I thought the nonsensical ramblings that sometimes end up being inadvertently funny were your forte until Gianni Infantino came along and said, ‘Hold my beer. Your move” – Krishnamoorthy V.

Send your letters to And you can still tweet Football Daily – while you can – via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our Unprized Letter of the Day is… Brendan Mac Carron.

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