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Grant Wahl had planned to attend England-France game, FIFA didn't forget

FIFA paid tribute to the memory of Grant Wahl on Saturday by placing a bouquet of white flowers where he would have been sitting to cover the England-France game.

The American journalist died on Friday in Qatar during the match between Netherlands and Argentina.

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A photograph taken of Wahl a few days prior was placed next to the roses in his designated spot.

Wahl, who wrote for Sports Illustrated before going independent, was one of the most-recognized US soccer journalists.

He reportedly collapsed in the media section at Lusail Stadium on Friday.

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A few days earlier, Wahl wrote that he had been struggling with chest pain, saying that he visited a medical clinic and was told he "probably" had bronchitis.

Wahl noted that he tested negative for COVID-19 and said he was prescribed antiobiotics, as well as cough syrup.

Despite not feeling entirely well, Wahl was still planning to attend the England-France clash.

Wahl had recently been recognized for covering his eighth FIFA World Cup.

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