Gianni Infantino called worst person of the year for World Cup opening speech

Gianni Infantino has been called the "worst person of the year" by football fans after his World Cup opening speech.

The FIFA president addressed supporters in the stadium and around the world ahead of the tournament's first match between host nation Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday. His appearance at the opening match comes a day after he caused controversy with his comments during a bizarre speech that saw him speak on the criticism of Qatar.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's match, he stated: "Dear friends, welcome to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Welcome to celebrate football, because football unites the world.

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"And now, let's welcome the teams and let the show begin. All the best to everyone." He also spoke in Arabic and Spanish during his speech.

However, his appearance has once again angered fans, who took to social media to slam Infantino following his pre-match speech.

One supporter tweeted: "Worst person of the year award. I nominate #GianniInfantino." Another added: "#GianniInfantino you f***ing sell out. Aren’t you embarrassed by your comments and action?!? Or does it only matter what money you can pocket from bribes?"

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A third fan also wrote: "Gianni Infantino giving a little ego speech. What a b******. Wonder how he's respecting the local culture by saying he was gay."

One more supporter went on to comment: "Gianni Infantino’s speech has to be the worst thing ever to be spoken on national television."

Infantino had sparked outrage on Saturday with his comments, opening by saying: "Today I have very strong feelings. Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. Today I feel Gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel like a migrant worker.

"We have been taught many many lessons by Europeans. I am European. I think what we Europeans have been doing around the world for the last three thousand years, we should be apologising for the next three thousand years before giving moral lessons to people."

Once the opening match got underway, Ecuador soon raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to a brace from Enner Valencia, who also had a goal controversially ruled out just moments into the game.

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