Post by an acquaintance
"Lionel Messi was draped in a traditional Arab cloak - the bisht- during the World Cup presentation ceremony. This was done so personally by the Emir of Qatar. It’s one of the highest honours that can be bestowed.
Yet, ignorant Western press and commentators, including BBC pundits like Gary Lineker, were criticising it. Creating unnecessary outrage and drama.
Another example of how Western press and propaganda have tried to ruin the World Cup for Qatar even before it began, and even at its denouement.
But for many of us, this was the most magnificent World Cup ever.
I attend a lot of football finals, and never have I felt so safe, so secure, and so welcome. At most football events, it’s always worrying when one is going to be a victim of crime, or drunken football hooliganism. Or bad traffic and broken public transport.
France’s hosting of the champions league final this year for example was disgraceful.
Let’s hope Asia, and the Arab and Muslim world, will host more of these events, and show everyone how it is done."