The dispute over the World Cup in Qatar 2022 is approaching and uncertainty regarding the LGBT, due to the possible restrictions that they will encounter if they decide to attend the event.
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Qatar has been in the sights of many and for reasons that go far beyond the sports field -starting with the fact that it is not a traditionally 'soccer' country-: there is some controversy around its rules, strict culture and protection of rights humans from specific population groups.
Nasser Al-Khater, director of the organizing committee of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, assured in December 2021 that the Asian state will be a “tolerant country” that will welcome all people who want to attend the sporting event, including the community LGTBI.
Al-Khater's statements were made after different human rights organizations denounced the lack of protection of rights for workers, women and homosexuals in the country. But the controversy continues and today there are more doubts about what the situation will be during the World Cup.
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Rejection of homosexuals
Homosexuality is not allowed in Qatar by law, and there is even a prison sentence of at least five years for homosexuals. Therefore, Al-Khater pointed out at the time that in this case during the World Cup, they will make an exception and allow fans to attend matches regardless of their sexual orientation.
“Public displays of affection are frowned upon and this applies to everyone (both homosexual and heterosexual couples),” the organizer was quoted as saying by the 'Europa Press' news agency.
However, according to reports from international press, there are anti-LGBT+ hotels in Qatar, where their entry and stay are prohibited, with a view to the World Cup.
In fact, the 'Daily Mail' did a report in which reporters from different European countries posed as as gay couples to reserve a room. The answer was negative in most cases.
Some hotels asked them to modify their behavior and were very insistent that their dress be non-gay, while others recommended avoiding public displays of affection.
Thirty-three hotels recommended by Fifa for the World Cup accepted reporters, but a third did not. What opens doubts about how much the rights of the community will be respected during the championship.
Qatar is one of the seventy countries in the world that criminalize sexual orientation.
In May 2021, The UEFA Working Group received the guarantee, from institutions and personalities of the Arab country, that fans who carry rainbow flags “will be well received” during the World Cup, according to the body chaired by Aleksander Ceferin through of a statement.
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