American journalist Grant Wahl died during the World Cup in Qatar



American journalist Grant Wahl died in Qatar while covering the World Cup.

“The entire US Soccer family is heartbroken to learn that we have lost Grant Wahl,” US Soccer said in a statement on its official Twitter account Friday night.

“Grant has made football his life’s work, and we are devastated that he and his brilliant writing are no longer with us.”

US Soccer hailed Wahl’s passion and “belief in the power of play to advance human rights”, and shared condolences with Wahl’s wife, Celine Gounder, and those close to her.

Gounder reposted US Soccer’s statement on Twitter and wrote: “So grateful for the support of my husband Grant Wahl’s soccer family and so many friends who reached out tonight. I am completely in shock.

Wahl had previously covered football for Sports Illustrated, including 11 World Cups, and written two sports books, according to his website.

Earlier on Friday, Wahl had tweeted about the Argentina-Netherlands quarter-final game.

He recently made headlines when he reported that he was detained and briefly refused entry to a World Cup match because he wore a rainbow t-shirt in support of LGBTQ rights.

He said security personnel told him to change his shirt because “it’s not allowed” and took his phone. Wahl said he was released 25 minutes after being detained and received an apology from a FIFA representative and a senior member of the stadium security team.

Afterwards, Wahl told CNN he’ll “probably” wear the shirt again.

This is a developing story.



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