Peter Tatchell arrested in Qatar for LGBT+ protest
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A woman from the Question Time audience in Horsham, West Sussex has been left fuming by the decision to hold the football world cup in Qatar. Describing herself as a queer woman she criticised the decision of Premier League players to play in a tournament in a country where homosexuality is banned.
She added that by going to play in Qatar players from England and Wales, the only British national teams to qualify. will “take away” key British values.
She said: “As an avid football supporter I find myself actually torn with the World Cup.
“Quite clearly it’s going to be in a country that has astonishing views on human rights.
“And as a queer woman I will struggle to see players from the Premier League stand in that country.
“And know that it’s ok and feel it’s ok to take away what is supposed to be great about this country.
“We’re going somewhere that we’re going to normalise crime, pain and just in the name of a game.
“And it’s supposed to be ok.”
It comes as governing body FIFA has written to the 32 teams competing at the World Cup telling them to “focus on the football”.
Qatar has been heavily criticised for its stance on same-sex relationships, its human rights record and its treatment of migrant workers who have built the stadiums for the tournament.
A number of players are planning peaceful protests, including England’s Harry Kane who will be wearing an anti-discrimination armband.
Denmark will wear “toned down” kits as their kit provider Hummel said it “does not wish to be visible” in a competition that “has cost thousands of lives”.
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Despite the fact that France are the defending champions, Paris and other French cities have refused to screen matches.
The Australian squad has released a video urging Qatar to change its laws on same sex relationships.
Last year The Guardian claimed that 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had died in Qatar since it won its World Cup bid in 2010.
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