Eric Wahl did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment Saturday. Representatives for the US State Department, US Soccer, and FIFA did not respond to questions about his suspicions.
Over the weekend, Eric Wahl clarified that he made those statements out of shock and “didn’t know it would go everywhere.”
“There’s obviously no way I know anything certain,” he tweeted. “Our family will await word from American doctors, and we have faith that the US government people with whom we’ve been in contact are doing everything they can do to help us get answers.”
On Tuesday, Eric Wahl tweeted that he no longer suspected foul play.
Throughout the tournament, the host country has continued to face criticism for its anti-LGBTQ laws and record on human rights, including from Wahl, who as recently as Thursday called out Qatari organizers for their apathy over migrant worker deaths on his website and his Substack, Fútbol with Grant Wahl.
While a cause of death has not yet been released, Wahl had recently complained of a persistent cough and illness on his website and in his podcast.
“My body finally broke down on me,” Wahl wrote in a Dec. 5 post before going on to detail a grueling schedule of “little sleep” and “high stress.”
“What had been a cold over the last 10 days turned into something more severe on the night of the USA-Netherlands game,” he wrote, “and I could feel my upper chest take on a new level of pressure and discomfort.”
Wahl said he believed he had bronchitis and received treatment from the medical clinic where he was given antibiotics and some cough syrup.