As news of the death of 48-year-old soccer journalist Grant Wahl shatters the sports community, another journalist who was witness to his collapse has shared some details which have further created ripples. Wahl was in Qatar, covering the 2022 FIFA World Cup when he collapsed at the end of the match between Argentina and Netherlands. Here’s what “Times” correspondent Josh Glancy had to say…
Grant Wahl Collapsed & Died While Covering The 2022 FIFA World Cup
On December 10, Grant Wahl tweeted a football update, as the 2022 FIFA World Cup Quarter Final match between Argentina and Netherlands went into extra time.
Just an incredible designed set-piece goal by the Netherlands.
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) December 9, 2022
This would be his last tweet, ever, and as soon after, Wahl collapsed.
John Glancy, a “Times” correspondent wrote that soon, “a panicked voice rang out from the press box” asking for a medic for Wahl, 48, who was “clearly suffering some form of attack or seizure” on Friday during the match. At the time, as Glancy recalls, a journalist with first aid training and two medics rushed to his aid, who “kept pumping” trying to keep him alive. Just minutes after Wahl was “tweeting excitedly about the game”, his health took a downturn for the worse.
An ambulance arrived to take Wahl away and later the news of his passing broke. Wahl was only 48 and although he had complained about a few health issues, his brother Eric suspects foul play.
Note that Grant Wahl had been stopped from entering One World Cup stadium in Qatar because he was wearing a gay pride rainbow t-shirt back in November.
His brother Eric took to Instagram to talk about it, saying, “My name is Eric Wahl. I live in Seattle, Washington, I am Grant Wahl’s brother. I am gay, I am the reason he wore the rainbow shirt to the World Cup. My brother was healthy, he told me he received death threats. I do not believe my brother just died. I believe he was killed, and I just beg for any help.”
Here’s the video:
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, 2022
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