World Cup 2022: LGBT spectators will have to exercise discretion in Qatar

Abdullah Al Ansari, the head of security for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, warned LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) spectators. They should avoid showing signs of their gender in public to respect the conservative culture of the emirate, where “public displays of affection are frowned upon.”

“If a supporter waves a rainbow flag in a stadium and it is taken away from him, it will not be because we want to offend him, but to protect him, he explained on Wednesday. If we don’t, another bystander could attack him. If you want to express your point of view concerning the LGBT cause, do it in a society where it will be accepted. »

Al Ansari: “Do not come and insult an entire society”

Al Ansari continues: “If you buy a ticket, it is to attend a football match and not to demonstrate. So don’t come and insult an entire society. We cannot change laws or religion for the 28 days of the World Cup. »

The World Cup is held from November 21 to December 18.

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