The Qatar tournament is one of the most controversial football tournaments in history
The CEO of the FIFA World Cup 2022 has warned that if people hold hands during the tournament, things would not go well.
Nasser Al Khater told Sky’s Ro Harris that public expressions of affection will be acceptable at the World Cup.
“Look, we have always said that everybody is welcome here; he stated.
“All we ask is for people to be respectful of the culture”.
“Everybody is welcome here and everybody will feel safe when they come to Qatar. Everybody”.
Regardless of his comments, the LGTBQIA will be wary since things can escalate into violence, since Qatar does not tolerate gay rights and it can result in seven years in prison.
Qatar recently outlawed the consumption of alcohol inside stadiums and prohibited the carrying of the beverage.
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It remains to be seen how the LGBTQIA community will be handled when they visit Qatar. Josh Cavallo, the only male professor to come out as gay, was startled. “there will be concern over the safety of the community”.
“I know personally, if I go there, I will be protected because Im in the public eye, “Cavallo told CNN’s Amanda Davies last month.
“But it’s not me that I’m worried about. It’s those ones that are messaging me. It’s those people that aren’t in the public eye that are scared to even be themselves and walk the streets.”
Although Al Khater did not react to Adelaide United star’s comment at the time, he commented “everyone feels safe in the streets of Qatar”.
He was backed by FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino, who recently commented on all the criticism on Qatar and said “Reports about Qatari values are hypocritical”.
“I am European,” he told the press. “For what we have been doing for 3,000 years around the world. We should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before giving moral lessons”.
“This one-sided moral lesson is just hypocrisy…Qatar is ready, it will be the best World Cup ever.”