Grant Wahl, a 48-year-old journalist covering the World Cup, mysteriously died in Qatar after experiencing distress in a stadium press box. He was actively covering the match between Argentina and the Netherlands when he suddenly collapsed. Medical personnel performed chest compressions on Wahl for about 20 minutes until he was finally removed from Lusail Iconic Stadium.
Grant’s brother, Eric, appeared in a selfie-style video on social media to discuss Grant’s death. Eric, who is gay, suggested that there was foul play involved due to the rainbow shirt Grant wore to the World Cup to support his brother. Grant wrote an article featured on Substack about being stopped for about 25 minutes by Qatar World Cup security over his “rainbow” shirt. The shirt was a clear pro-LGBT protest against Qatar, which is an Islamic nation not friendly to LGBT causes.
Grant Wahl Dies at World Cup After Collapsing at Argentina Game – The New York Times
Subscribe to GrantWahl.com on Twitter: “Free to read: What happened when Qatar World Cup security detained me for 25 minutes for wearing a t-shirt supporting LGBTQ rights, forcibly took my phone and angrily demanded that I remove my t-shirt to enter the stadium. (I refused.) Story: https://t.co/JKpXXETDkH https://t.co/HEjr0xzxU5” / Twitter
JACK SETTLEMAN on Twitter: “Absolutely bone chilling stuff Soccer journalist Grant Wahl who was kicked out of a stadium in QATAR for this shirt has reportedly collapsed and passed away during the Argentina game today His brother says on Instagram that Grant was fully healthy & believes there’s foul play https://t.co/t47C2XfuVl” / Twitter
An Unexpected Detention by World Cup Security