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5 p.m. – LGBT + have “all my support”, assures Griezmann

Asked about a possible embarrassment at the idea of ​​playing a World Cup in Qatar, a country where homosexuality is liable to criminal prosecution, the 2018 world champion replied at a press conference: ” A little embarrassed ? Yes and no. No matter where I am in the world, they know they will always have my support. But I’m a footballer, that’s my profession. My country calls me to play a competition, I come with pride”

“They have all my support, all my respect”, he added. The attacking midfielder of the France team was expected on the subject. He had made the cover of the magazine LGBT + Têtu in May 2019, in the context of controversies over the persistent homophobia in the stadiums of France.

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4 p.m. – Who will qualify alongside Portugal?

The matches of the day have begun! Portugal, guaranteed to qualify for the round of 16, face South Korea, last in the Group H standings. The Asians are tied (1 point) with Uruguay, who must beat Ghana to pass the first round.

3 p.m. – Serbia-Switzerland: Xhaka and Shaqiri want to focus on football

Ghosts to dispel: to open the door to the round of 16, the Swiss Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri want to leave Albanian roots and political provocations in the locker room against Serbia. Both players’ families are from Kosovo. In 2008, ten years after the last of the wars in the former Yugoslavia, this former province of Serbia, mainly populated by Albanians, declared its independence which Belgrade has never recognized, still considering it as an integral part of its territory.

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When they reversed the score against Serbia (2-1) four years ago, at the same stage of the Russian World Cup, the captain and the whimsical winger of the Nati celebrated their goals by mimicking the two-headed eagle symbol of Greater Albania, an image that had cost them dearly.

“In 2018, we left a lot, a lot, a lot of energy there”remembered Monday Granit Xhaka in the mixed zone after Brazil-Switzerland (1-0). “Now we are professional enough, hopefully, to focus totally on football”.

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Every day, “l’Obs” tells you about the daily life and the strangeness of the World Cup in Qatar, which began on November 20. This World Cup of all the controversies – environmental cost, flouted human rights, bereaved construction sites, suspicions of corruption – takes place in an unprecedented atmosphere. Hour by hour, follow behind the scenes of the competition of all excesses and find our reports and decryptions in our special file.

2 p.m. – On the program today

Similar configurations for groups G and H this Friday, the last day of the first round: Brazil and Portugal are already qualified and almost assured of first place. Behind, Switzerland and Ghana must compost their ticket by obtaining at least a draw against Serbia and Uruguay. Cameroon and South Korea will go all out as they take on the leader.

  • At 4 p.m.: South Korea – Portugal and Ghana – Uruguay
  • At 8 p.m.: Serbia – Switzerland and Cameroon – Brazil

1 p.m. – Joy in Morocco

“History”. “We waited 36 years! » An immense clamor of joy invaded Morocco, which qualified undefeated Thursday for the round of 16 of the World Cup, for the first time since 1986. From Casablanca to Rabat, from Marrakech to Salé, from upscale neighborhoods to popular suburbs, the scenes of jubilation erupted all over this football-mad country. The celebrations continued late into the evening Thursday, in a good-natured atmosphere, to the sound of drums and songs of victory.

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Avenue Mohammed V, the main artery of the capital, the supporters all dressed in red, wrapped in the national flag struck with the green star, cracked smoke bombs, in a deafening din of horns. Some banks had even closed exceptionally earlier and the weekly government council, which is held every Thursday, was postponed to Friday, football requires.

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According to a poll, 20% of Moroccans believe in the semi-final and barely less in the final. Royal Air Maroc (RAM), the national company, has also scheduled a ” air lift “ with Qatar, adding additional flights before and after each match, for the rest of the tournament.

Moroccan fans, who dreamed of meeting Germany – eliminated Thursday evening – to avenge the cruel defeat against Mannschaft (0-1) in 1986 in Mexico, come across another big chunk: neighboring Spain, which many Moroccans hoped not to confront.

Hundreds of people also took to the streets of Brussels, where a large Moroccan community lives, to celebrate the qualification while in the same group, Belgium was eliminated. Eighteen people were arrested during incidents in the Belgian capital.

11 a.m. – TF1 fumes against Fifa

TF1 announced Thursday that it will complain to Fifa after the retransmission incident at the end of the France-Tunisia match. The retransmission was indeed marked by an extremely rare event: TF1 returned to the air before the outcome of the meeting, thinking that the referee had whistled the end of the match with the score of 1-1. Antoine Griezmann’s French equalizer was eventually ruled out for offside after watching the Video Assisted Arbitration (VAR) video while adverts aired on the French private channel.

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The chain is about to “send a letter to FIFA, because we are very unhappy with the situation”fumed on Thursday François Pellissier deputy general manager business and sports, quoted by the daily l’Equipe: “It is a prejudice for the viewer, an image prejudice for us. We are also the victim of an arbitration error. »

“The FIFA referee (…) appealed to the VAR when he had no right to do so according to the regulations (…). It is very penalizing for us”.

The argument is the same as that of the French Football Federation (FFF), which officially filed a complaint with Fifa on Thursday to have the score of the match rectified. France notes that VAR was used “after the restart of play and after the end of the match”which is against the protocol for using this technology, according to the explanation of a federal source.

10 a.m. – Reassuring news for Pelé

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé has been hospitalized with cancer. “reassess his chemotherapy treatment”announced the Sao Paulo hospital where the triple world champion was admitted, two of his daughters wanting to be reassuring.

Pelé, 82 years old, “was hospitalized for a reassessment of the chemotherapy treatment followed after the detection of a colon tumor in September 2021”Albert Einstein Hospital explained in its medical bulletin on Wednesday. “After being examined, he was taken to a normal room, in the absence of any need for intensive care”added the hospital, stressing that the Brazilian was “in full control of its vital functions”.

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“My father is hospitalized to regulate the doses of his medication”, said Kelly Nascimento, who lives in the United States, on Instagram earlier. This hospitalization “is not a surprise and there is no urgency”, she insisted. Another daughter of Pelé, Flavia Nascimento, also wanted to be reassuring: “There is some confusion because my father went to the hospital for tests. I am sorry that ill-intentioned media evoke non-existent facts, things of which we are not aware “she lamented in a video on Instagram.

“He is indeed doing tests, as usual, to follow the evolution of his cancer. We have to keep sending him the good energies of the World Cup, that’s what he needs.”.

“We have received the news, we wish the best to Pelé”said Brazil coach Tite, in the introduction to his press conference before the match against Cameroon, presenting him as “probably one of the greatest representatives of Brazil”. La Seleção have already qualified for the round of 16.

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