Prominent American football journalist dies while covering World Cup

“I am so grateful for my husband’s support @GrantWahlfrom the football family and so many friends who reached out tonight. I am completely in shock, ”said Celine Gounder, wife of Grant Wahl, on Twitter.

Gounder, an infectious disease expert, served as an adviser to President Biden on the Covid pandemic.

Wahl wrote on Monday that he checked himself into a hospital in Qatar after his body “finally collapsed” after three weeks of little sleep, high stress and a heavy workload.

“What had been a cold for the past 10 days turned into something more serious the night of the USA-Netherlands game, and I could feel my upper chest taking on a new level of pressure and dizziness. ‘discomfort,” Wahl wrote. “I didn’t have Covid (I test here regularly), but I went to the main media center medical clinic today, and they said I probably had bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and cough syrup, and I already feel a little better a few hours later. But still: No bueno.

Wahl was first refused entry to a stadium last month before a game between the United States and Wales. He said he was detained for 30 minutes for wearing a shirt with a soccer ball surrounded by a rainbow, although he was eventually let in.

The Qatari government has recently cracked down on LGBTQ media coverage as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup.

The American football team posted on Twitter stating that “Grant’s belief in the power of the game to advance human rights was and will remain an inspiration to all”.

“The entire US Soccer family is heartbroken to learn that we have lost Grant Wahl,” the US Soccer team said in the statement. “Fans of the highest quality football and journalism knew we could always count on Grant to deliver insightful and entertaining stories about our game and its main protagonists; teams, players, coaches and the many personalities that make football a different sport.

Wahl’s brother Eric said his brother “collapsed at the stadium” where Argentina were playing the Netherlands. He wrote on Instagram that he believed foul play was involved and that his family had been in contact with US authorities.

“I’m gay. I’m the reason he wore the rainbow jersey to the World Cup,” Eric Wahl said in the post. he had received death threats.


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