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FIFA President Gianni Infantino Mocked For Attempting Cringeworthy Chant During Speech In Qatar

Rory O'Callaghan

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino Mocked For Attempting Cringeworthy Chant During Speech In Qatar

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been mocked online after attempting a cringeworthy chant at a World Cup presentation in Qatar.

Infantino is currently in Doha for the annual FIFA Congress and Friday's World Cup draw.

Footage has circulated on social media of Infantino conducting a speech to an audience of volunteers for the tournament, which gets underway in November.

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He attempts to round it off in unusual style, telling the audience: "Before concluding I want to see if we can make this place really vibrate. 

“I’ll count to one, two, three and then I want to hear 'Qatar, Qatar, Qatar', okay?”

Infantino counts down but is met with a lukewarm response from the crowd, with only a few members of the audience joining in with the chant.

He then doubles down on his efforts and implores the audience to repeat the chant with the word 'FIFA'.

After an awkward false start, he counts down for a second time but is met with another lacklustre response from a confused crowd.

Football fans on social media have mocked Infantino, with one Twitter user commenting: “Cringeworthy...”

Another joked: “The atmosphere in Qatar with their ultras is going to be electric.”

Infantino confirmed on Thursday that he intends to stand for re-election for a third term as FIFA president.

"I want to tell you that I will be standing for re-election next year," Infantino said during his opening speech at the FIFA Congress on Thursday.

The 52-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer was first elected FIFA president in 2016 in the wake of the corruption scandal that brought down his predecessor Sepp Blatter.

He would go on to win a second term in 2019 after he stood unopposed for re-election at a FIFA Congress in Paris.

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Topics: Football World Cup, Gianni Infantino, Football

Rory O'Callaghan
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