“Since we won the honor of hosting the World Cup, Qatar has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign that no host country has experienced,” the emir said in a speech.
FIFA awarded the World Cup to Qatar in 2010 and has since spent tens of billions of dollars on preparations.
But the energy-rich golf The state has come under constant scrutiny over its treatment of foreign workers, as well as LGBTQ and women’s rights.
“We initially handled the matter in good faith and even felt that some of the criticism was positive and helpful, allowing us to develop aspects that still needed to be developed,” the emir told Qatar’s legislative council.
“But it soon became clear to us that the campaign continues, expanding and encompassing slander and double standards, until it reached an amount of brutality that unfortunately left many wondering about the real reasons and motives behind this campaign,” he said.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said: Qatar World Cupthe first in an Arab nation, will be the “best ever”.