The remains of famed American soccer journalist Grant Wahl have returned to the United States.
State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed that the Wahl family’s wishes were carried out as they worked tirelessly to repatriate Grant and his belongings.
“Our ambassador in Doha [Qatar]”Timmy Davis has been in close and near-constant contact with the Grant Wahl family, and Ambassador Davis has, in turn, been in close and regular contact with senior Department officials,” Price said Monday. the watch to help the family make their wishes come true. This morning we did confirm that Grant Wahl’s remains and his belongings were repatriated to the United States. Just as an embassy official accompanied Grant’s remains in Doha, an embassy consular official accompanied his remains and his belongings on the flight back to the United States.
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“At this point, we’ll let the family talk about the next steps.”
Wahl was covering the quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands at the 2022 FIFA World Cup when he “fell ill” in the press box, a spokesman for the World Cup planning committee told Fox News. Paramedics attempted CPR for several minutes before taking Wahl to Hamad General Hospital.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of American journalist Grant Wahl,” a spokesman for the Qatar Supreme Committee for Surrender and Legacy said in a statement. “Grant was known for his enormous love of football and was in Qatar to cover their eighth FIFA World Cup.”
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“He fell ill in the press box at Lusail Stadium during last night’s quarter-final match between Argentina and the Netherlands,” the statement added. “He received immediate emergency medical treatment at the scene, which continued until he was taken by ambulance to Hamad General Hospital.”
Rafael Cores, a journalist who was with Wahl at Lusail Stadium, said Wahl had been laughing at a joke on Twitter minutes before collapsing.
Wahl’s family was in complete shock at the 48-year-old’s passing. His brother, Eric, also believed that foul play was involved.
Eric Wahl said his brother was detained by Qatari authorities for wearing a rainbow shirt two weeks before he tried to attend the USA-Wales game. Grant Wahl wore the shirt in support of his brother, who is gay.
“I’m the reason he wore the rainbow jersey at the World Cup,” said Eric Wahl. “My brother was healthy. He told me that he received death threats. I don’t think my brother died. I think they killed him. And I just ask for help.”
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Grant Wahl said of the incident, via MSNBC: “They demanded I take off my shirt. I refused. Then right after a tweet was taken down, they forcibly took my phone and put it away for 30 minutes. I kept repeatedly asking him to do it.” retrieve it. They didn’t want to give it to me. They made me stand in front of a CCTV camera, presumably with someone on the other end making some kind of judgement, and I told them this was not good for them. doing this. Eventually the security commander came and let me in and keep my shirt on and it went on from there. They apologized, FIFA apologized and, you know, it left me wondering what it’s like for the Qataris out here. of World Cups who are gay because this was something I had to deal with in an event that was being covered worldwide.”
Wahl testified last Thursday that he was also dealing with a bout of bronchitis, saying his body “revolted against me.” He went to a medical clinic twice for treatment.
US Soccer issued a statement of its own about Wahl, saying the “entire US Soccer family is heartbroken.” Wahl spent years developing the game of soccer, especially in the United States, where he is not as popular as he is in the rest of the world.
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He spent time working for The Miami Herald, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, and CBS Sports. Wahl also launched the “Football” newsletter last year.