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American soccer journalist dies under mysterious circumstances in Qatar

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This story is about to explode:

Pioneering American soccer journalist Grant Wahl died Friday in Qatar while covering the World Cup. He was 48.

Wahl died while covering a quarterfinal match, according to a statement from U.S. Soccer. His cause of death was not immediately given. . . .

Earlier in the tournament, Wahl was accosted by Qatari authorities for wearing a rainbow shirt to show support for the LGBT community. Same-sex relationships are illegal in Qatar.

Wahl became the top soccer writer at Sports Illustrated in 2000 and became possibly the most well-known soccer journalist in the U.S. He left Sports Illustrated in 2020 but continued covering soccer worldwide through a paid subscription site.

One of his last posts on the site was about the death of a migrant worker in Qatar during the World Cup and the indifferent reaction of Qatari authorities.

On December 9, 2022, Wahl’s brother Erik published an Instagram video claiming that Grant had been murdered by the Qatar government. According to Erik, this came after days of receiving death threats and being followed. [19]

This is either a hell of a coincidence (he was 48 and in apparent good health) or a political murder.

I was going to post about the two fantastic quarterfinals today, but now I just feel sickened by the entire fiasco of this World Cup.

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