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US journalist Grant Wahl dies whereas overlaying World Cup

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Famend journalist Grant Wahl has handed away in Qatar whereas overlaying the 2022 World Cup.

Wahl was one of the crucial outstanding and recognisable media members within the historical past of US soccer.

He was on the Lusail Iconic Stadium overlaying the quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands on Friday when he’s mentioned to have collapsed within the press field. However after being transported by emergency companies, he was later pronounced useless.

The World Cup organising committee mentioned in a press release: “He acquired quick emergency medical therapy on website, which continued as he was transferred by ambulance to Hamad Normal Hospital. We’re in contact with the US Embassy and related native authorities to make sure the method of repatriating the physique is in accordance with the household’s needs.”

The committee didn’t disclose an official reason for loss of life.

The US Soccer Federation mentioned in a press release: “All the US soccer household is heartbroken to learnt that we’ve got misplaced Grant Wahl. Followers of soccer and journalism of the very best high quality knew we might at all times depend on Grant to ship insightful and entertaining tales about our sport, and its main protagonists: groups, gamers, coaches and the numerous personalities that make soccer not like some other sport.

“Right here in the USA, Grant’s ardour for soccer and dedication to elevating its profile throughout our sporting panorama performed a serious function in serving to to drive curiosity in and respect for our lovely sport. As vital, Grant’s perception within the energy of the sport to advance human rights was, and can stay, an inspiration to all. Grant made soccer his life’s work, and we’re devastated that he and his good writing will not be with us.

“US soccer sends its sincerest condolences to Grant’s spouse, Dr Celine Gounder, and all of his relations, associates, and colleagues within the media. And we thank Grant for his large dedication to and impression on our sport in the USA. His writing and the tales he advised will reside on.”

Wahl, who turned 48 on Thursday, was detained by Qatari authorities earlier on the World Cup for trying to enter a stadium carrying a t-shirt that includes a rainbow in assist of LGBTQ+ rights.

He revealed in a submit on his web site that he had prescribed antibiotics because of suspected bout of bronchitis earlier this week.

“My physique lastly broke down on me,” Wahl wrote. “What had been a chilly over the past 10 days became one thing extra extreme on the evening of the USA-Netherlands sport, and I might really feel my higher chest tackle a brand new stage of strain and discomfort.

“I did not have Covid (I check usually right here), however I went into the medical clinic and the principle media heart in the present day, and so they mentioned I in all probability have bronchitis.”

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