LGBTQ fans told to ‘compromise’ for Qatar World Cup by U.K. diplomat


British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said on Wednesday that LGBT fans should show “respect” and “accommodation” in Qatar for the men’s World Cup, prompting sharp criticism from British media, lawmakers and the prime minister’s office.

Mahirona, speaking on LBC talk radio, said Qatar had “some compromises in terms of being, you know, an Islamic country with a very different set of cultural norms than ours”. In turn, he said, fans should “respect the host country – they will, they will try to make people be themselves and enjoy football.”

“I think with some flexibility and compromise on both sides, it can be a safe, secure and fun World Cup,” he said.

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Critics said Cleverley, a member of the centre-right Conservative Party and a supporter of same-sex marriage rights, was essentially asking LGBT fans to hide their identities in a country where homosexuality is a crime. According to the US State Department, sex between men is prohibited under Qatari law, which does not expressly prohibit sex between women. Sex between men carries a prison sentence of up to seven years.

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Gary Lineker, former British footballer tweeted: “Whatever you do, don’t do anything gay. Is this a message? “

“Don’t be gay at the World Cup,” read Thursday cover from Metro, a British tabloid.

Lucy Powell, from the opposition Labor Party, talks about sport and culture. called Severley’s comments are “shockingly tone deaf”. He called on the government to challenge FIFA “about how they put fans in this position” instead of “protecting against discriminatory values”.

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According to the Associated Press, Downing Street criticized Cleverley’s comments, saying in a statement that people should not have to “compromise who they are.”

Amid the criticism, Cleverly reiterated his stance, telling Britain’s Sky News that “we have very important partners in the Middle East” and that “it’s important when you visit a country to respect the culture of your country.” host nation”.

When asked if he plans to attend the World Cup, which runs from November 20 to December 18, he said “it’s an important international event” that other interviewees will be attending. He should also be there to protect British tourists, he said.

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Arbitrary detention and abuse of LGBT people in Qatar continued until last month, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Monday.

The Gulf nation’s relationship with disadvantaged groups such as migrant workers has come under serious scrutiny since winning the right to host the tournament. Qatar’s leaders have strongly objected to some of the criticism leveled at their country, claiming the attacks were carried out by “people who do not accept the idea that an Arab Muslim country will host a tournament like the World Cup”.

Andrew Jong contributed to this report.


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