Qatar have given the clearest indication that they will not bend their religious doctrines and beliefs to accommodate LGBT ideas during the 2022 World Cup. Homosexual activity in Qatar is illegal and punishable by up to seven years in jail.
The head of security for the FIFA WC said that rainbow flags could be taken from fans to protect them from being attacked for promoting gay rights.
Concerns have been raised by pro-LGBTQ groups since Qatar was awarded the right to host the World Cup. AL Ansari, an official of the Arabic country, however, insists persons of all sexual orientations are welcome to Qatar, but cautioned against public display of actions that are not acceptable in the Arabic country.
“You want to demonstrate your view about the (LGBTQ) situation, demonstrate it in a society where it will be accepted,” he said.
Al Ansari’s comments about the confiscation of fans’ rainbow flags have created confusion for activists, including Chris Paouros, a member of the English Football Association’s inclusion advisory board and trustee with the anti-discrimination group, “Kick It Out” which wanted a safe and inclusive tournament.