LGBT Football Fans who are traveling from The United Kingdom to witness the Qatar World Cup matches have been asked to respect the rules and regulations of the host Country.
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The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar from Nov. 20 to Dec 18. 32 teams will be competing.
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Qatar face a lot of legal challenges which others don’t. Male homosexuality is illegal in Qatar with a punishment of up to 3 years in prison and a fine. Death penalty for Muslims under the Sharia Law.
During a press conference in Germany on May 28, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al -Thani stated that LGBT visitors would be welcomed to the 2022 World Cup but they need to respect the Nation’s culture.
James Cleverly the Secretary of foreign affairs of the UK has said that LGBT fans needed to adhere to the rules of the Qatar Govt. when they go to watch the Qatar World Cup there. Both England and Wales have been selected. They will play against each other in the Group Matches. If they progress they will play knockout games against each other. Al-Rayan, Al-Khor, and Doha are the venues of their matches.
After the protest against James’ remarks, the feedback from Qatar is not enough to ally the fears of the LGBT Groups. While some of the players like Harry Kane are defiant and will sport a rainbow band representing one love. But there are other players who are a little apprehensive about playing in Qatar World Cup.
Peter Tatchell of the UK was trying to start an agitation for the LGBT community but he was immediately rounded up by the police and questioned about his actions.
Many have said that the UK should question FIFA as to the choice of the venue where a certain section of people felt uneasy and afraid.
Britain has issued an advisory to all who are traveling to Qatar to carefully follow the rules and regulations.