The Organizing Committee of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has confirmed that gay fans will not face any discrimination when attending the matches of the tournament, which begin in November.
network quotes”SBSAustralian news on High Committee Communications Executive Director Fatima Al Nuaimi said: “Qatar has hosted close to 600 international events since it was granted the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, without a single case of discrimination.”
“We constantly assure that everyone is welcome,” Al-Naimi added.
He stated that “everyone will be able to attend and enjoy matches and also support their teams, regardless of their background, religion or gender.”
Same-sex sexual activity is a criminal offense in Qatar and carries a prison sentence of up to several years and, in some cases, death.
It is unacceptable for football fans not to feel safe visiting @Soccer World Cup because of their sexuality.
Not to mention human rights in Qatar… https://t.co/sV00sXRkuN
— Pride Football Australia (@PrideFootballOz) November 26, 2021
More than a million people are expected to come to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup this year.
The news network reported that the more than 500 members of the Australian Gay Supporters Association are highly unlikely to make the trip, as they also boycotted the last event, which took place in Russia in 2018.
FIFA is confident that the promises made by Qatar will be kept and fans will be free to display gay rainbow flags during matches.