Qatar FIFA World Cup ambassador says homosexuality is ‘damage in the mind’


Qatar’s FIFA World Cup ambassador and former footballer Khaled Salman said in an interview with German broadcaster ZDF on Monday that homosexuality is “damaging to the mind”.

The interview, which was filmed in Doha less than two weeks before the start of the tournament, was immediately stopped by the World Cup organizing committee.

During the interview, Salman was discussing the issue of homosexuality being illegal in Qatar.

Salman told ZDF that being gay is “haram”, meaning forbidden by Islamic law. “It’s a brain injury,” Salman said.

As more people are expected to travel to Qatar for the World Cup, “Let’s talk about gay people,” Salman said.

“The most important thing is that everyone accepts that they are coming here. But they have to accept our laws,” he said.

Qataris gather at Waqif Market, a traditional shop in Doha, as the official logo of the 2022 World Cup is projected onto a building in September 2019.

Salman was a Qatari footballer in the 1980s and 1990s.

In the year He participated in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and was chosen as one of the ambassadors of the host country.

Qatar in 2010 It will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup from November 20 to December 18.

His comments were criticized by human rights activist Rasha Younes of Human Rights Watch, an LGBT rights researcher, who called Salman’s comments “harmful and unacceptable”.

“The Qatari government’s failure to counter this false information has a profound impact on the lives of Qatar’s #LGBT residents,” she tweeted.

The awarding of the football tournament to Qatar comes at a time when the Gulf state has been heavily criticized for its human rights record and treatment of foreign workers.

Earlier this month, football’s world governing body FIFA urged countries participating in the 2022 World Cup to pay attention to football when the tournament begins.

FIFA confirmed to CNN that a letter signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the governing body’s Secretary General Fatima Zamora was sent to the 32 nations participating in the international showpiece on Thursday, but did not disclose its contents.

“If Gianni Infantino wants the world to ‘focus on football’, there is a simple solution: FIFA can finally start addressing serious human rights issues rather than sweeping them under the carpet,” said Steve Cockburn, head of economics and economics at Amnesty International. Social justice.

“The first step is to set up a compensation fund for migrant workers before the competition and to ensure that LGBT people are not discriminated against or abused. It’s surprising that they haven’t done this yet.”

“Gianni Infantino was right when he said ‘football does not exist in a vacuum’. Hundreds of thousands of workers have suffered abuse to make this tournament possible and their rights cannot be forgotten or dismissed.”

World Cup countdown clock for FIFA Arab Cup Qatar on December 15, 2021 in Doha.

“They deserve justice and compensation, not empty words and time is running out.”


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