The second journalist dies while covering the World Cup in Qatar

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A reporter covering the FIFA World Cup “died suddenly,” a Qatari newspaper reported — the same day a security guard at one of the tournament’s stadiums was left in intensive care after a fall.

The Doha based golf times announced on Saturday that Al Kass TV photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam had “recently passed away”. The Qatari reporter “died suddenly while covering the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022”. golf times tweeted. “We believe in Allah’s mercy and forgiveness on him and offer our deepest condolences to his family.”

How and when al-Misslam died remains unclear. But the announcement of his death came on the same day that a security guard was seriously injured after falling at Lusail Stadium. An observer tells The guard that the man had fallen from a “considerable height” around 2am on Saturday after Argentina’s quarter-final win over the Netherlands. The security guard, who is said to be a migrant worker, is said to have fallen to the ground from the top outer hall. Reports on Sunday indicated he was in stable but critical condition.

Qatar’s Supreme Committee released a statement describing the incident as a “severe fall on duty”. “The stadium’s medical teams were immediately on the scene and provided emergency treatment before he was taken by ambulance to the care unit at Hamad Medical Hospital,” the statement said, adding that the Qatari authorities “received the circumstances leading to that led to the fall should be investigated urgently”.

News of al-Misslam’s death and the guard’s fall came a day after the death of US journalist Grant Wahl. Wahl, 48, was covering the Argentina v Netherlands game on Friday when he reportedly collapsed in his seat at the Lusail Stadium. Witnesses said Wahl was quickly treated by emergency services workers before he was taken to the hospital. The World Cup organizing committee did not disclose his cause of death but said it was in contact with the US embassy.

Witness reports frantic offer to rescue sportswriter Grant Wahl after shock World Cup collapse

In the weeks leading up to his death, Wahl made international headlines after tweeting that he was denied entry to the November 21 game between the United States and Wales for wearing a rainbow T-shirt in support of the LGBTQ community wore. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and signs supporting gay rights were treated with contempt by authorities at the World Cup. Wahl said he was ordered by a security guard to change his shirt when he tried to enter the stadium.

On December 6, Wahl wrote on his substack that he felt unwell and went to a medical clinic. “My body eventually collapsed on me,” he wrote. “Three weeks of little sleep, high stress and a lot of work can do that to you. What had been a cold for the past 10 days turned into something heavier on the night of the USA-Netherlands game and I could feel my upper chest taking on a new level of pressure and discomfort.”

He added that he does not have COVID and that medics advised he “probably” had bronchitis, an inflammation of the airways in the lungs. “They gave me antibiotics and strong cough syrup and a few hours later I’m feeling a little better. But still: No bueno,” Wahl wrote.

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