Gay Couples Will Be Allowed To Publicly Hold Hands And Kiss At Qatar World Cup

Gay Couples Will Be Allowed To Publicly Hold Hands And Kiss At Qatar World Cup
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Gay couples will be able to openly hold hands, cuddle and kiss at the Qatar World Cup, despite public displays of affection being outlawed by the Arab state, it has been revealed.

Despite the new development, it is believed that once the World Cup is finished, LGBTQ+ people in the country who have experienced temporary freedom will face punishment. 

According to Mail Online, FIFA arranged covert meetings with Qatar’s Interior Ministry and urged them to prohibit its Preventive Security Department officers from arresting a guy supported at the  World Cup.

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Undercover ministry operatives were reported to be planning to mingle with fans and arrest alleged so called offenders into custody 

Speaking through her office manager, a lesbian secretary told Mail Online: ‘The World Cup has given us the protection we need for maybe a month.

‘But you will find very few Qatari gay and lesbian people who will believe there will be no repercussions after the World Cup is over.

‘There may not be trouble while football is here, but they will catch up with Qatari people after, beat and jail us for what they see as shaming the country.’

The 30-year-old added: ‘As a lesbian woman, I will enjoy the World Cup like other fans, but you won’t see me hugging my girlfriend in Doha. No way.

‘We will keep our relationship private like many others here.’

Despite the temporary measures, the Foreign Office’s advise to visitors remains the same, merely saying that “homosexuality is forbidden in Qatar.”

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Foreign Secretary James Cleverly warned supporters in England and Wales last month: ‘These are Muslim countries with very different cultural starting points’ (from ours)

‘I think it’s important when you’re a visitor to a country that you respect the culture of your host nation.’

The decision to stage the World Cup in Qatar, a country where homosexuality can be punishable by d£ath, has been attacked by gay and human rights organisations since the country was announced as the 2022 host.

‘LGBT+ people there can be subjected to police harassment on the street and in shopping malls for merely ‘looking’ gay,” 

British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell wrote

Meanwhile, the World Cup 2022 will take place from November 20 to December 18, with 32 countries competing in eight groups, with Ecuador facing host Qatar on the first day of the tournament.


Eben Mugeez

Eben Mugeez is a publicist who owns Hello Vybes, covers and publish stories about celebrities, entertainment news in Ghana, Sports, Economic, Business more.

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