It’s not just the players who won’t be having sex at the 2022 World Cup…

Fifa President Sepp Blatter caused controversy today when he joked that gay football fans should ”refrain” from having sex at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal. His statement was a reply to a question about the threatment of gay fans at the football tournament, Blatter laughed the question off with his remark which was awkwardly received by the journalists in the room.

gay footballThe sporting world arguably remains one of the most homophobic despite general progress with very few sports men or women having come out. Blatter is far from helping the campaign against homophobia in football with this claim no matter how humourously it was intended. Amnesty international 18 people were flogged last year in Qatar for ”illicit sexual acts”, I would argue that no country should be allowed a position on the world stage when their population’s civil liberties are so repressed. How the board of judges came to decide upon Qatar is questionable, as is its decision to give Russia the 2018 World Cup.

The full article can be read at the Guardian here.

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  1. Hannah

    I love this article Jamie i feel that this article really shows the world cup bid in a different lights and it shows that even in the sporting world homophobia is still present in some context
    keep up the good work

  2. Kirsty

    I totally agree Hannah. Although giving a county like Qatar, with shocking civil liberties, this platform might actually be beneficial to it’s general policies over the next few years. There’s a fair way to go before 2022, so perhaps in this time, more articles like this and plenty of global media attention could bring about a shift in their views. Here’s hoping!

  3. Kirsty Hulse

    I’m not sure what you mean by superficial, but if you mean that the change might only come about through a ‘media coercion’ then that’s fine too. If being at the centre of media attention brings about an awareness of the prejudice of their policies and if these polices were changed if only to make the country look better, then this can only be a good thing. Regardless of how it came about 😉
    Maybe policy is wrong word, I think I’m referring more to mindset.

  4. Where I disagree is that I don’t think media spotlight would ‘bring about an awareness of the prejudice of their policies’ I think it would just coerce them, whilst I agree any progressive changes are good no matter how they come about I don’t think a change of ‘mindset’ is guaranteed with a change of law…

  5. Kirsty Hulse

    I think things like homophobia are brought about through the cultures and societies we absorb, so if the culture of a country was to change (i.e – the policies/the law) then in time, there would be a general change in mindset.

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