WORLD CUP DAILY: Van Gaal turns a deaf ear to journalists’ questions, Maradona’s £7.2m ‘Hand of God’ shirt on display in Doha… and Qatar tries to ban Budweiser in the OWN hotel of the American firm
The World Cup is officially in full swing after two full days of matches culminating in England beating Iran, Wales salvaging a dramatic draw against the United States and the Netherlands beating Senegal.
There have been plenty of emotions and spillovers so far at the controversial tournament in the Middle East.
and below, sports mailMATT BARLOW and MIKE KEEGAN write their latest World Cup diary from Doha in Qatar.
Louis van Gaal’s cantankerous duels with press conference translation devices have become almost as unmissable as his opinions.
Louis van Gaal turns a deaf ear to journalists’ questions
Louis van Gaal’s wacky duels with press conference translation devices have become almost as unmissable as his views.
Cody Gakpo’s gracious demonstration of how the helmet was clipped behind the ear after the victory in Senegal was quite moving, but King Louis couldn’t understand it.
When a FIFA official reached out to help her, the 71-year-old told him: ‘Not the left, that’s the deaf one.’
Having given up the clip, he decided to press it into his right ear. Even so, he couldn’t figure out many questions. Maybe selective deafness.
Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ shirt on display in Doha
The £7.2m jersey has been loaned by its secret new owner to the Qatar 3-2-1 Sports and Olympic Museum.
Argentina’s number 10 shirts were de rigueur in Qatar on Tuesday. There were thousands of spectators at the Lusail Stadium for the Saudi Arabia game. Also on display in Doha was the most famous and expensive Argentina No 10 shirt of all.
Diego Maradona’s 1986 Mano de Dios World Cup quarter-final shirt, the one he handed to Steve Hodge with the final whistle and was sold by the former England midfielder earlier this year for £ 7.2 million, has been ceded by his new secret. owner of the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum 3-2-1.
They also have a ball from the first World Cup in 1930 and a selection of jerseys. But he will cost you £25 for a butcher.
Maradona scored his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup
FIFA Tried to Ban Budweiser at US Signature Hotel
Qatari officials not only banned Budweiser from stadiums, but also tried to remove it from the American firm’s own hotel.
Sportsmail understands that during crisis talks over the sale of alcoholic beverages on the grounds, government figures in Doha refused to grant a license to serve alcohol at the posh W Hotel, which has been taken over by American brewers for the tournament. It left Bud’s executives, employees and VIP guests with the embarrassing prospect of not being able to drink their own beer.
FIFA’s commercial department is believed to have gotten involved and persuaded the hosts to make a U-turn.