‘Disgraceful comments’: Wenger slammed after taking swipe at ‘demonstrations’

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

Wenger, who has served as FIFA’s head of global football development since late 2019, made the comments unsolicited on Sunday in an apparent swipe at teams like Australia, Germany, Denmark and others who have expressed dismay at the record and treatment of the game. host country in the field of human rights. of LGBTQ people.

Arsène Wenger says teams may have focused on “political demonstrations” at the expense of World Cup performance.Credit:Getty

During a media briefing with FIFA’s technical study group in a retrospective of the World Cup group stage, the former Arsenal manager gave a few words of praise for Graham Arnold’s Socceroos, whose players are reported to have run a total of 120 kilometers in their three group stages. D matches – second most of all 32 participating teams, tied with Iran and behind only the United States (123 km).

“We can see how Australia did so well, they kept their form all night last night with quality riders,” he said, referring to the brave 2-1 defeat to Argentina that saw Australia knocked out of the Round of 16.

But in response to a later question as to whether the short run-up to the World Cup and Qatar’s unique circumstances had caused some of the tournament’s shocking results, Wenger dismissed the outlandish claim that political stances may have brought some countries down.

“When you go to a World Cup, you know you can’t lose the first game. The teams that have the experience to perform in tournaments like France and England played well in the first game,” he said.

“The teams that were mentally ready, with a mindset to focus on the competition, not the political demonstrations.”

Wenger was clearly referring to Germany and Denmark, two of the pre-tournament favorites who suffered shocking early exits and made some of the most visible statements in support of human rights in Qatar.

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