Journalist Khalid al-Misslam dies at World Cup, after Grant Wahl’s death

A Qatari photographer has died while covering the World Cup – the second journalist to die at the global event after the death of influential American football writer Grant Wahl.

Khalid al-Misslam, a photojournalist for local sports media Al Kass TV, died on Saturday, the Doha-based Gulf Times reported.

“Al-Misslam, a Qatari, died suddenly while covering the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. We trust in Allah’s mercy and forgiveness for him and send our deepest condolences to his family,” Gulf Times reported on Twitter.

The circumstances of al-Misslam’s death were unclear, but the announcement came on the same day that a security guard was seriously injured when he fell at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, the Guardian reported.

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The guard – who is said to be a migrant worker – fell at around 2am local time on Saturday after the quarter-final match between Argentina and the Netherlands.

A tribute to journalist Grant Wahl.
Grant Wahl died suddenly after collapsing at Lusail Stadium.

A fan told the UK newspaper that the guard fell from a “considerable height” at the stadium and was rushed to Hamad Hospital, where he was listed in a stable but critical condition.

Wahl, 49, died after collapsing at Lusail Stadium while covering the same game as the goalkeeper.

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Witnesses said he collapsed in his seat, received emergency medical treatment at the scene and was taken to hospital. It was not clear whether he died at the hospital or on the way to the hospital.

His sudden death came a day after he revealed he had visited the medical clinic and was told what he was battling was probably bronchitis.

His brother, Eric, said he believed Grant had been killed after speaking out against the Qatari government.

Grant was initially denied entry to the stadium because he was wearing a shirt with a soccer ball surrounded by a rainbow in support of the LGBTQ+ community before the USA played Wales.

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On his Substack, the prominent soccer journalist had also been critical of Qatar, including a post in which he attacked organizers for the deaths of hundreds of workers building the tournament’s stadium.

Grant Wahl.
Grant Wahl’s brother believes the journalist was killed after speaking out against the Qatari government.
Grant Wahl via REUTERS

“They just don’t care. “The organizers of the World Cup in Qatar do not even hide their apathy for the deaths of migrant workers, including the latest one,” he wrote.


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