Qatar confronts ambassador over speech by Portuguese president

Emir of Qatar considered talking about president and prime minister of Portugal

Emir of Qatar considered speaking of president and prime minister of Portugal “hostile”. Photo: (Harold Cunningham – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The institutional situation between Qatar, host country of the World Cup, which is being held between November 20th and December 18th of this year, and Portugal, which debuted in the World Cup this Thursday, is not very friendly.

Paulo Pocinho, Portuguese ambassador in the country that receives millions of visitors, was called by Qatari authorities, more specifically the deputy prime minister, to be confronted about public statements by the president of the European country, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and the prime minister António Coast. According to the Qatari leader, the Europeans’ statements were “hostile”.

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Portuguese politicians declared that Qatar is a country that does not respect human rights and, therefore, they would rethink their presence during the World Cup dispute. The president will only be in the debut against Ghana, while the president of the Assembly will be in Portugal x Uruguay, on the 28th of this month, and António Costa in the last round of the group stage, on December 2, against South Korea.

According to information published by CNN Portugal, Qatar will only not take “more drastic measures” because of the “historic friendship between the two countries”. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal revealed to the SIC network that the Portuguese ambassador in Doha was directly connected with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, but the contact was exclusively to prepare President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s trip to the country, which was considered a “usual practice”.

CR7 equals record with 5th Cup and cries in the Portuguese anthem

CR7 reached another record in this World Cup. It is the fifth edition of the tournament (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022), equaling the record of athletes like Lionel Messi, Guillermo Ochoa and Andrés Guardado, who conquered the statistic this year; Antonio Carbajal, Lothat Matthäus, Gianluigi Buffon and Rafael Márquez already held the number.

Cristiano, on the other hand, arrives at his likely last World Cup at an atypical moment in his career. He went through imbroglios with Manchester United and left the team days before starting his trajectory in the tournament. The season in England was also below expectations, with fewer minutes and fewer goals. Perhaps for all this, the Portuguese were moved during the execution of the national anthem.

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