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  • Leonardo Puglisi

Journalist who wore rainbow shirt at Qatar World Cup dies, brother says he believes he was killed

Eric Wahl has said Grant Wahl told him he received death threats.

Grant Wahl, the US journalist who was detained for wearing a rainbow shirt at the FIFA World Cup, has reportedly died while covering the Netherlands-Argentina match in Qatar.


In a video posted to Instagram, Grant's brother Eric Wahl said that he is gay & is "the reason he wore the rainbow shirt."


"My brother was healthy....he told be he received death threats."


"I do not believe my brother just died. I believe he was killed."

The video has already received over 100,000 views after being posted to Twitter.

In a statement, US Soccer said that Wahl's "passion for soccer and commitment to elevating its profile across our sporting landscape played a major role in helping to drive interest in and respect for our beautiful game."


Last month, Wahl was detained while attempting to cover the US' match against Wales for wearing a shirt that had a rainbow on it.

Grant Wahl was 48.


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