FIFA Qatar 2022: "No LGBTQ+ flags in World Cup stadiums"

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FIFA Qatar 2022: "No LGBTQ+ flags in World Cup stadiums"

FIFA World Cup in Qatar has generated and is generating a lot of controversy. From corruption for the assignment, to human trafficking for the construction of plants and infrastructures, up to the exploitation of labor. Now the organizers have raised a fuss of controversy over banning the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag in World Cup stadiums, according to General Abdulaziz Abdullah al-Ansari, president of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee of the Interior Ministry and head of World Cup security in Qatar, in an interview with the Times.

It should be remembered that in Qatar gay relationships are a criminal offense, even if the organizers of the World Cup said that gay couples will be welcome, but no affection or caresses in public or in the stands in the crowd.

Abdulaziz Abdullah al-Ansari said: "If a fan raises the rainbow flag and I take it away from him, it's not because I really want to. It's not an insult but a gesture to protect him, because if I don't, someone else around might attack him.

I cannot vouch for the behavior of other people. I will tell him: please, there is no need to really raise that flag, here at the stadium. You want to show your opinion on the situation, do it in a company where it will be accepted.

Book the room together, sleeping together, this is something that does not concern us. We are here to run the tournament. We do not go any further. We cannot change the laws here. You cannot change your religion for 28 days of the World Cup.

The fans bought the ticket to see the game, not to come to the stadium and make a political gesture or defend an ideal."

All the controversies regarding FIFA Qatar 2022

In June 2014, close to the Brazilian World Cup, The Sunday Times made accusations of corruption: it was in fact advanced the hypothesis that Mohamed bin Hammam had given bribes to other confederations to pilot the outcome of the draw.

Despite reports of evidence of corruption being found, FIFA stated that it had not found any irregularities in the awarding of the tournament. In 2018, the Sunday Times itself renewed the accusation claiming to have evidence regarding the sabotage of the other candidates: even in this case, no supporting evidence was found.

A few months later, in June 2019, Michel Platini (UEFA president from 2007 to 2016) was placed under arrest on similar charges: declaring himself unrelated to the facts, the former French player was released soon after. The construction of the stadiums and infrastructures linked to the 2022 World Cup has also aroused controversy and outrage, both in terms of safety in the workplace (even thousands of dead workers are hypothesized), and for the poor economic treatment reserved for workers (for the plus immigrants from Nepal, Bangladesh and India).

On the occasion of the first qualifying match, the Norwegian national team wanted to take a stand in favor of human rights by asking FIFA to be direct and firm towards the Qatari authorities. On February 27, 2022, FIFA announced a series of sanctions affecting Russia's participation in international football.

Russia was banned from hosting international competitions, and the national team was ordered to play all home games behind closed doors in neutral countries. They cannot compete under the name, flag or national anthem of Russia: similar to the participation of Russian athletes in events such as the Olympics, the team would compete under the abbreviation of their national federation, the Russian Football Union rather than Russia. The next day, however, FIFA decided to suspend Russia from international competition until further notice.