In response to the controversy of Qatar hosting the World Cup, Gianni Infantino, FIFA’s president made a speech. However, there were several parts of it that prompted strong reactions.
Look at these small sections of Mr Infantino’s speech:
"Today I have very strong feelings. Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel a migrant worker. I feel like them because I know what it feels like to be discriminated, to be bullied as a foreigner in a country. At school I was bullied because I had red hair and freckles [...] What do you do then? [...] You try to engage… You don’t start accusing or fighting, you start engaging. This is what we should be doing."
"I think for what we Europeans have been doing in the last 3,000 years, around the world, we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before starting to give moral lessons to people."
"The only way of obtaining results is by engaging, seeking dialogue, not by hammering, insulting. When your child does something bad at school and you tell him he’s an idiot he’s useless and you put him in his room what do you think his response is? If you talk to him say let’s work together you will have better grades, he will recognise that and he will be better."
Pass to you!
Choose one of the speech sections above and answer the following questions:
- What is Mr Infantino trying to say?
- How do you feel about the way he said it?
- What would you say to Mr Infantino in response?
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