A veteran American sport journalist Grant Wahl has died in Qatar after collapsing while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and Netherland.
He “collapsed” in the press area while covering Friday’s Argentina-Netherlands match.
It is important to note that Wahl is an LGBT right activist that has written several articles about the abuse the LGBT community are receiving in Qatar.
The circumstances around his death are not clear.
“The entire US Soccer family is heartbroken to learn that we have lost Grant Wahl,” US Soccer said in a statement on its official Twitter account.
“Grant made soccer his life’s work, and we are devastated that he and his brilliant writing will no longer be with us.”
US Soccer praised Wahl’s passion and “belief in the power of the game to advance human rights,” and shared its condolences with Wahl’s wife, Celine Gounder, and his loved ones.
Gounder reposted the US Soccer statement on Twitter and wrote: “I am so thankful for the support of my husband Grant Wahl’s soccer family and of so many friends who’ve reached out tonight. I’m in complete shock.”