World Cup 2022: supporters will be welcomed "without discrimination" assures the Emir of Qatar

In a speech to the United Nations (UN) on Tuesday, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim ben Hamad Al-Thani wanted to reassure the LGBT community before the World Cup organized in his country.

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Less than two months from the launch of its Football World Cup, Qatar intends to reassure fans around the world. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said Tuesday, September 20 at the UN platform that all supporters would be welcomed “without discrimination” during the World Cup organized from November 20 to December 18.

The Qatari people “will open its doors to all supporters, without discrimination, so that they can enjoy the football matches and the extraordinary atmosphere of the tournamentSheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani told the UN General Assembly in New York. The Qatari people will welcome football fans from all walks of life with open arms.”

If he did not mention a specific group, the leader’s words are similar to a desire for appeasement while supporters’ associations and federations, led by Norway, were moved by the fate of LGBT visitors in a countries where homosexuality is criminalized.

Homosexuality is illegal in this Gulf state and the organizers of the World have tried to reassure by saying that homosexual couples will not be worried during the tournament. FIFA had reaffirmed that rainbow flags, symbols of the LGBT community, would be allowed around stadiums.

“We don’t believe in public displays of affection, but we also believe in the need to welcome everyone, regardless of background”said Hassan Al-Thawadi, secretary general of the World Cup Organizing Committee, at a press conference in New York on Monday when he was asked about this topic.

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