A prominent American journalist Grant Wahl has died after collapsing while covering the World Cup in Qatar, triggering shock and grief throughout the sports world. CNN reported that he “collapsed” while covering Argentina-Netherlands on Friday. Wahl was hospitalized on Saturday after being treated on-site for “immediate medical treatment” in the press area. The Supreme Court Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which organized the tournament, said he fell ill. He was transferred to Hamad General Hospital and then released. As far as his death is concerned, there is no clear explanation. In a statement on its official Twitter account, US Soccer expressed its deepest condolences over the loss of Grant Wahl.
Just now: Security guard refusing to let me into the stadium for USA-Wales. “You have to change your shirt. It’s not allowed.” pic.twitter.com/TvSGThMYq8— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) November 21, 2022
We are devastated to lose Grant Wahl and his brilliant writing, which made soccer his life’s work. Wahl’s passion and belief in the game’s ability to advance human rights were praised by US Soccer, which offered condolences to Wahl’s wife, Celine Gounder, and other family members. The US Soccer statement was also posted on Twitter by Gounder. Throughout the evening, I have been contacted by so many friends as well as Grant Wahl’s soccer family. I am so grateful for their support. I am completely stunned, wrote Gounder, a former CNN contributor and member of the Covid-19 advisory board for the Biden-Harris transition.
U.S. Soccer Statement On The Passing Of Grant Wahl: pic.twitter.com/CBp1mCK1mQ— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) December 10, 2022
Grant Wahl, An American Journalist, Died During The Qatar World Cup After Collapsing
While covering the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, renowned US sports journalist Grant Wahl suddenly passed away. He passed away just a few hours after covering Argentina’s game against the Netherlands, two days after his 48th birthday. In the weeks leading up to the journalist’s shocking death, he made headlines for being detained for 30 minutes for wearing a rainbow-themed T-shirt before the USA’s opening match against Wales. On Twitter, Wahl shared that he was not allowed into the stadium due to security.
Eric Wahl, the brother of sportswriter Grant Wahl who died in Qatar while covering the World Cup, is asking for help.
Grant was detained in Qatar for wearing a rainbow shirt two weeks ago pic.twitter.com/lak0b1UZwa— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) December 10, 2022Advertisement
According to the reporter, they asked him to change his tee and said they didn’t allow LGBTQ-themed clothes in the media centre. He later assured his followers that he was fine and entered without changing. The tragic death of Grant Wahl was confirmed by his brother Eric on social media, who suspected foul play was involved. Authorities were urged to launch an immediate investigation into the journalist’s death by social media users. The cause of his mysterious passing was not disclosed immediately, but suspicions quickly surfaced online.
Absolutely bone chilling stuff— JACK SETTLEMAN (@jacksettleman) December 10, 2022
Soccer journalist Grant Wahl who was kicked out of a stadium in QATAR for this shirt has reportedly collapsed and passed away during the Argentina game today
His brother says on Instagram that Grant was fully healthy & believes there’s foul play pic.twitter.com/t47C2XfuVl
Internet Pleads For Investigation While Grieving The Loss Of US Sports Journalist
As a sports journalist and author, Grant Wahl was considered one of the best in the field. In addition to his work as a sports analyst for CBS and a correspondent for Fox Sports, he also served as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and wrote The Beckham Experiment. Social media users mourned Wahl’s sudden death on Twitter following his shocking and sudden demise in Qatar. During the Netherlands-Argentina match, Grant Wahl “collapsed and died” in Qatar. According to one Twitter user. I was detained just a few days earlier for wearing a shirt with LGBTQ+ flag colours. It is so heartbreaking that this needs international investigation.
A US sports journalist, Grant Wahl, “collapsed and died” in Qatar today while covering the Netherlands-Argentina game.— tim (@timdippel) December 10, 2022
This comes just days after being detained for wearing a shirt with LGBTQ+ flag colors.
This needs international investigation, so heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/InIKujTy0s
Another Twitter user tweeted something similar: A 48-year-old soccer reporter from Qatar was kicked out of a game when he showed up wearing a rainbow flag shirt during the World Cup. As he covered the game between the Netherlands and Argentina, he passed away. A thorough investigation is needed in this case. It’s super suspicious. There are still tributes and requests pouring in for Wahl online, and he will be missed by countless family members, friends, colleagues, readers, fans, and the entire soccer industry. Contemporaries and future generations will remember him for his work, however.
Grant Wahl, 48 y/o soccer reporter, was kicked out of a game at the World Cup by Qatari officials when he showed up wearing a rainbow flag shirt a few weeks ago. Today he died while covering the Netherlands v Argentina game. This deserves a full investigation. Super suspicious pic.twitter.com/O3Tueygrem— Secular Talk🎙 (@KyleKulinski) December 10, 2022Advertisement
And this goes without saying, I’d hope, but there needs to be a serious, credible, thorough investigation into what killed Grant Wahl.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) December 10, 2022
And *if* there was any foul play, at the very least it needs to be the end of awarding major sporting events to inhumane authoritarian regimes.
I don't know what happened to Grant Wahl, but this demands an investigation, and I hope the Biden administration demands it.— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) December 10, 2022
This news of Grant Wahl passing feels surreal!! There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Absolutely stunning.— Mike Hill (@ItsMikeHill) December 10, 2022
A full investigation should be done into Grant Wahl’s untimely death. If Qatar killed him we should all read about it. If he had a heart attack due to myocarditis from the COVID Vaccine we should also all read about it. My money is on the latter but I won’t discount the former— Sweet Baby Ray (@BabyraySweeet) December 10, 2022
@GrantWahl’s death is NOT an accident, no matter how this eventually gets spun. Unless there is a full investigation by @FIFAcom & unless the US government has people in that investigation, it will be incomplete & lacking. #FIFAISCOMPLICIT #FIFAWorldCup2022 #fuckQatar pic.twitter.com/RQ8X6liRNj— Alex Collins (@AlexCollinsActs) December 10, 2022
The US government needs to conduct an investigation on Grant Wahl’s sudden death. Tons of questions that need to be answered— Allen (@ajl_34) December 10, 2022
Full investigation by the US must be done & an autopsy. May he Rest In Peace. I warned people about Qataris. I concur with his brother some foul play from the Qatari Government may have took place.— Sarai (Sarah Idan) Miss Iraq (@RealSarahIdan) December 10, 2022