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A memorial at a World Cup game honors the late American football journalist Grant Wahl


The late journalist Grant Wahl was honored during the World Cup quarter-final match between France and England, a match where he was due to work on Saturday.

Wahl died while covering the World Cup in Qatar. He was 48 years old.

White lilies and a framed photograph of Wahl taken in Qatar were left at the media headquarters that had been assigned to Wahl.

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A tribute to journalist Grant Wahl is shown on a screen ahead of the World Cup quarter-final soccer match between England and France, at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on Saturday December 10, 2022. Wahl, one of the most well-known football writers in the United States, died early Saturday, December 10, 2022 while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands.
(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

“Tonight we pay tribute to Grant Wahl in his assigned seat at Al Bayt Stadium. He should have been here,” FIFA said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his wife Céline, his family and his friends at this most difficult time.”

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Shortly before the game kicked off, a picture of the famous American football journalist was seen on the big screen inside Al Bayt Stadium.

A tribute to journalist Grant Wahl is shown on a screen ahead of the World Cup quarter-final soccer match between England and France, at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on Saturday December 10, 2022. Wahl, one of the most well-known football writers in the United States, died early Saturday, December 10, 2022 while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands.

A tribute to journalist Grant Wahl is shown on a screen ahead of the World Cup quarter-final soccer match between England and France, at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on Saturday December 10, 2022. Wahl, one of the most well-known football writers in the United States, died early Saturday, December 10, 2022 while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands.

An announcement of his death was made to fans, who cheered.

Wahl fell ill while working during extra time in the Argentina-Netherlands game on Friday at the Lusail stadium. He was treated by medical staff in the media gallery and then taken to hospital.

Grant Wahl speaks during a panel discussion at the 2014 Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival New York, presented by Budweiser, on April 8, 2014, in New York City.

Grant Wahl speaks during a panel discussion at the 2014 Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival New York, presented by Budweiser, on April 8, 2014, in New York City.
(Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Budweiser)

Wahl was reporting at his eighth World Cup. He had written earlier in the week on his website that he had visited a medical clinic in Qatar after feeling ill before saying on his podcast on Thursday that he had bronchitis.

He was in good spirits and laughing at a joke with colleagues just minutes before he died, an eyewitness said.

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Wahl came to international attention after saying he was briefly barred from attending the US game against Wales on November 21 for wearing a rainbow T-shirt in support of those who identify as LGBTQIA+ because their rights are criminalized in Qatar, a conservative Muslim nation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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