Qatar World Cup: the head of the Organizing Committee asked that the LGTB community not have “displays of affection” in public

The World Cup in Qatar will be played at the end of 2022 (Photo: Reuters) (Kai Pfaffenbach /)

The world Cup will come to Qatar in 2022 and the challenge of holding the most important tournament in the world at this venue presents a series of peculiarities of various kinds. One of the issues on the table –and it generates concern– is the view that exists in that country on sexual diversity. At the same time that the Asian nation opens its doors to promote the contest, questions about the treatment received by members of the LGBT community opened the debate.

In an interview with the CNN, they asked about this point Nasser al khater, the executive director of the tournament organizing committee. The trigger he was presented with was the fears he expressed Joshua Cavallo, the Australian footballer who weeks ago told that he is homosexual. “We welcome you here in the state of Qatar, we welcome you to come see even before the World Cup. Nobody feels threatened here, nobody feels unsafe. The notion that people don’t feel safe here is false. I’ve said this before and I’m telling you this again, everyone is welcome here.. Everyone is welcome here and everyone will feel safe here. Qatar is a tolerant country. It is a welcoming country. It is a hospitable country ”. Cavallo had assured that he was “very afraid” and clarified that he “did not want” to go to Qatar due to the news about the treatment of sexual diversities.

Beyond the fact that Al Khater tried to remove the focus from this issue, journalist Amanda Davies insisted to know what the treatment will be like with those people who want to live their sexual orientation with freedom in Qatar. The proposal of this authority was to ask them not to show “affection” in public: “In different countries, there is more indulgence in public displays of affection. Qatar and the region are much more modest, and Qatar and the region are much more conservative. And this is what we ask the fans to respect. And we’re sure the fans will respect that. We respect different cultures and we expect other cultures to respect ours“.

Nasser Al Khater, CEO of the organizing entity of the Qatar World Cup 2022 (Photo: EFE)
Nasser Al Khater, CEO of the organizing entity of the Qatar World Cup 2022 (Photo: EFE)

Another of the debates that for several years has had Qatar at the center of the scene is linked to the working conditions of foreign employees who are in charge of the construction of the different stadiums that will host the World Cup between November 21 and December 18, 2022. A statement from the Ministry of Labor of Qatar had assured that “the figures reported in the media on the deaths of migrant workers have been tremendously misleading” and Al Khater expressed himself in the same line.

“Our work sites are clear. They have contractors, they have worker wellness teams on site. If there was a death, the whole world would know about it. It is not something that can be hidden”, He expressed. One of the strongest newspaper articles on this topic was published by the British newspaper The Guardian earlier this year: they claimed that more than 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since it was chosen to host the 2022 World Cup.

The labor rights of the employees who build the World Cup stadiums are at the center of the scene (Photo: Reuters)
The labor rights of the employees who build the World Cup stadiums are at the center of the scene (Photo: Reuters) (HAMAD I MOHAMMED /)

The executive director of the organizing committee denied this information, warning: “This is something that must be absolutely clear. Absolutely clear. The number of deaths in World Cup stadiums that are related to work is three deaths. There are just over 30 deaths that are not related to work ”.

The progress that the state of Qatar has made in the past 10 years is not comparable to any progress that has been made anywhere in the world in such a short period of time.. The enactment of legislation generally takes a long time. It has been approved very quickly in the state of Qatar. It has been put in place quickly to make sure it is implemented, ”he added regarding the new labor laws that, among other things, implemented a non-discriminatory minimum wage of $ 275 per month.

However, questions about the treatment of workers have escalated worldwide and several European teams have publicly expressed themselves on this issue: “I think there is a responsibility in these players and there is a responsibility in these federations to make sure that when people are taking positions, they are taking positions that are accurate and reflect reality.. Because regardless of what people feel are facts, people also need to recognize progress, they need to recognize the responsibility that the state of Qatar has assumed to progress, enact laws, protect the rights of workers, their well-being ”.

Germany's players posed for a photo displaying a Human Rights message on their jerseys before the game against Iceland (Photo: Reuters)
Germany‘s players posed for a photo showing a Human Rights message on their shirts before the game against Iceland (Photo: Reuters) (TOBIAS SCHWARZ /)


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