FIFA boss: Don’t Be Gay At Qatar’s World Cup
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says gay fans going to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal, should “refrain from sexual activity”.
When asked if he foresaw any cultural problems, Blatter, apparently joking, said: “I’d say they [gay fans] should refrain from any sexual activities.”
Then, speaking seriously, he said he was sure there would be no problems.
Gay rights groups, already unhappy at the choice of tournament venue, say he should apologise or resign.
Former basketball star John Amaechi is one of the world’s most high-profile gay athletes, having come out in 2007.
He was highly critical of Blatter’s comments, telling BBC Radio 5 live: “It’s absurd.
“It’s not about people having sex in public and being sanctioned for it, it’s the fact that Qatar was one of 79 countries to sanction executing gays at the United Nations [where a vote in November removed sexual orientation from a UN resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions].