WORLD CUP host country Qatar has once again been hit by a gay rights storm after the tournament’s official broadcaster aired homophobic comments.
Former Egypt star Mohamed Aboutrika slammed Premier League’s Rainbow Campaign and called on Muslim stars to boycott it.
Aboutrika, 43, spoke on beIN Sport, Prem’s Middle East broadcast partner will also in charge of production for Qatar 2022.
In unopposed comments, Aboutrika suggested any campaign on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community that was promoting “unnatural sex” and “dangerous ideology” and urged Muslims to “stand up” against it.
His comment sparked a backlash and prompted beIN to rush into a response, emphasizing: “We represent, support and support causes and interests of all backgrounds and legacies. cultural.”
But no apologies and gay rights issues in Qatar continued to be framed as 2022 World Cup head Nasser Al Khater was pushed about whether openly gay fans could be themselves in his own country.
He claimed gay fans would be “welcome” and would not feel “threatened or unsafe”.
However, he added: “Gay people live in Qatar – but public displays of affection are opposed.”
The 2022 World Cup will begin on November 21 and ends one month later on December 18.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s Champions League clash with Barcelona next week will take place behind closed doors amid fears of a new Covid variant.
Manchester City also face finishing their group in Leipzig in front of empty stands – should the game go ahead.
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Soder said: “It doesn’t make sense in the near future to gather supporters again.”
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