Qatar bans sex outside marriage during FIFA World Cup

Players or supporters, they are warned. Qatar, which hosts the FIFA World Cup from November 21 to December 18, prohibits sexual relations between people who are not married. And this, even during the sporting event, according to the “Dailystar”.

“Sex is really not on the menu unless you come as husband and wife. There will definitely be no one-night stands at this tournament.”confides a police source to the British tabloid.

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The only sexual relations allowed will be those between husband and wife. “Qatar is a conservative country and public displays of affection are frowned upon, regardless of sexual orientation”the Supreme Committee of Qatar said in a statement.

The LGBT public singled out

Sex outside marriage and same-sex relationships are illegal in the emirate and can result in a seven-year prison sentence. At the end of May, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, when asked about the reception of LGBT people during the World Cup, replied that “everyone is welcome in Doha”.

“We are not preventing anyone from coming to Doha with different origins, different beliefs, Qatar is a very welcoming country. We have millions of people coming to visit our country and the World Cup is a great opportunity for people from different parts of the world to come and experience our culture,” he said at a press conference.

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At the beginning of April, the head of security for the 2022 World Cup, Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ansari, told the AP news agency: “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. » Before urging the public to “demonstrate the point of view concerning the LGBT cause” in “a society where this will be accepted”.

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The atmosphere will therefore be far from free. And this also concerns the consumption of alcoholic beverages. “The culture of drinking and partying after games, which is the norm in most places, is strictly prohibited”confides the same police source to the “Daily Star”.

Only one certainty: this World Cup, also shifted in time because of the heat in the country, will not look anything like the previous ones.

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