FIFA President Gianni Infantino has expressed his condolences to the family and friends of sportswriter Grant Wahl.
Wahl passed away on Friday while covering the World Cup in Doha, Qatar.
He was 48.
“It is with disbelief and immense sadness that I have been made aware of the passing of renowned sports journalist Grant Wahl, whilst reporting on a quarterfinal match during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” Infantino said in a statement on Saturday.
Wahl was covering the Argentina-Netherlands game.
“Only some days ago, Grant was recognized by FIFA and AIPS for his contribution to reporting on eight consecutive FIFA World Cups, and his career also included attendance at several FIFA Women’s World Cups, as well as a host of other international sporting events. His love for football was immense and his reporting will be missed by all who follow the global game.
“On behalf of FIFA and the football community, we express our sincerest condolences to his wife Céline, his family, and his friends at this most difficult time.”
Wahl recently was honored at a joint FIFA-AIPS Journalists on the Podium event in Doha, where he received an award from two-time World Cup champion Ronaldo.