French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet said that Western media campaign launched against the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was excessive, adding that they like to be a little excessive in France on a lot of issues.
Speaking in an interview with French radio (RTL), Le Graet said "I believe there has been an excessive campaign against Qatar. But you know, we like to be a little excessive in France on a lot of issues."
"The political side surprised me a little at times. I believe this country is what it is. I look at the football side. It is up to the politicians to do their job," he added.
He believed that there is no justification for France to show its dissatisfaction with Qatar, as the two countries "still sign relatively big contracts and the two governments get along not so badly."
He mentioned his surprise at Qatar still being under attack despite having shown and proven its readiness to organise the World Cup 5 months before the start of the tournament. He was shocked that there are still those who question Qatar's ability to organise.
He pointed out that the excessive boycott calls did not succeed, and the evidence is that the fan areas are full of hundreds of people who came to watch the World Cup matches.
French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet