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FIFA president: Homosexuals should ‘refrain from sexual activities’ at 2022 World Cup

Dec 13, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT


Fifa president Sepp Blatter would like to welcome you to Qatar in 2022, promising a World Cup “without boundaries.” Except of course for this small list of rules (unfurls thick scroll, which rolls off the podium, down the aisle and through the door). Among the things you shouldn’t do in that tiny, scorpion-infested theocracy during the Cup: gay sex. Blatter said that homosexual fans “should refrain from any sexual activities” that are illegal in Qatar. From the Huffington Post:

Drinking alcohol also is restricted in the country, but Blatter hopes soccer’s universal appeal will bridge cultural differences at the 2022 World Cup.

“It’s another culture and another religion, but in football we have no boundaries,” said Blatter, who was in South Africa for the official closing of the 2010 World Cup. “We open everything to everybody and I think there shall not be any discrimination against any human beings, being on this side or that side, left or right or whatever.

“Football is a game that does not affect any discrimination. You may be assured … if people want to watch a match in Qatar in 2022, they will be admitted to matches.”

Unless they are this guy.

Look, I thought that getting riotously drunk and having homosexual sex was the only reason people attended the World Cup in the first place. I would say boycott the 2022 Cup and don’t even watch it on TV, except for this: I want to see the police wade into a mob of English or German fans and try and take way their beer. And since all TV will likely be 3D by then, that’s even more of a draw.

The sex thing? Police battering down hotel room doors on tips that gay sex may be occurring would be a total disaster for Fifa, and assure that the Cup is held in Europe until the end of time. And it’s not like people are going to be going at it in cars in the parking lot; it’s 110 degrees at night.

In fact, I can’t imagine anyone, gay or straight, wanting to attend that World Cup at all. It’s going to be mighty expensive for Qatar to pay seat-fillers to make those 12 new stadiums seem full.

FIFA President: Gay Fans ‘Should Refrain From Any Sexual Activities’ During 2022 World Cup In Qatar [Huffington Post]

  1. reh303 - Dec 14, 2010 at 3:05 AM

    Soccer is a bastion of right-wing heterosexism. Not surprising.

    • chuckgg - Dec 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM

      Really? You can’t be from the States. Here, and I can say this as a gay man, soccer has to be one of those sports where trying to determine who is straight is just an impossible task. Have you heard Beckham speak? Well, he’s probably straight. But, we have to tune-down our gaydar because the damn thing pins itself over to max whenever we watch soccer.

      As far as Qatar goes, those are their rules – no booze and no sex. And, its hotter than the blazes. Me? I’ll stay home in the A/C.

  2. philcommander - Dec 14, 2010 at 3:24 AM

    What a pubic relations disaster…I mean pubLic relations disaster.

  3. 1byrd - Dec 14, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    I have to agree with Qatar on this one. The darned vuvuzela was annoying enough, but having to sit next to a coupla gays going at it would be completely distracting. Of course, sitting next to a straight couple ‘doing the dance’ would also be distracting as heck! And I imagine the event announcer would concur: “He scores!!!!! – Oh! I’m sorry, ma’am…..”

  4. fouldwimmerlaik - Dec 14, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Most soccer players ARE gay, so this makes sense.

    • chuckgg - Dec 14, 2010 at 9:56 AM

      The way I heard it, only their boyfriends are.

  5. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 14, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    One more thing. Don’t bring your Bible. Or bring your Bible and lose your head.

    • chuckgg - Dec 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM

      Good point. What if you are Jewish? Can you attend? I recall Saudi did not admit people into the country if there was an Israel stamp in their passport.

      • broncobuddha - Dec 14, 2010 at 12:26 PM

        better question is what if the Israeli national soccer team qualifies? Will they be allowed to compete in the tournament?

  6. georgeanderson2 - Dec 14, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    I hope everyone who is gay makes vacation plans for Qatar and there are giant parties every night with abusive drinking of alcohol.
    To put on a world event/ celebration that happens once every 4 years and to put it in place with such closed minded restrictions is absurd and shows a total lack of consideration for anything but money. I can’t imagine what the world is going to be like 2022, hopefully the leaders and citizens of Qatar will ease up on their, “start of humanity belief system”. FIFA putting the World Cup in Qatar was a mistake for the fans of soccer and the people of the world. And yes, their government is absurd because it is discriminating against people for what they believe. “When in Rome”, does not apply in this case.

    • chuckgg - Dec 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM

      Qatar in 2022? Probably like any other emirate in 1243, except bigger buildings. Well, any buildings. Still clinging to religion, just like in the USA, only a slight less violent than the USA, but not nearly as noisy.

      Progressing socially? Cling to that dream.

  7. elguapoguano - Dec 14, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Talk about stupid. Not only does FIFA not care to make the game better by actually trying to get calls right. Now, they say screw the fans too. Sure lets take the world cup to a backwards medieval thinking country in the intolerant Middle East! Sure, no fans want to drink right? I mean c’mon soccer is so damn boring you HAVE TO DRINK! Not to mention that players WILL be passing out on the pitch, thanx to the extreme heat. So…. it’s pass out hot, no alcohol/no fun allowed, oh and Fags are NOT welcome! Sounds like a great choice to me…

  8. Lex - Dec 14, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    “Sepp Blatter”? Really? Was his previous career commanding a brigade of the Waffen SS?

    • ta192 - Dec 14, 2010 at 5:00 PM

      Nein, nein, Panzerarmee…

  9. toosano - Dec 14, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    I guess it’s ok for straights to have sex, though!

  10. ta192 - Dec 14, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    I think anyone who’s a soccer fan should just stay away from Qatar in 2022, Cup or no…come to think of it, that should apply to soccer haters as well…and to even numbered years other than 2022…and the odd ones…

  11. MauiFitz - Dec 23, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Isn’t that place pronounced “Cutter” which is what they should do to any butt buddies who can’t control their bowels.

  12. tastetherainbow24 - Dec 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Having been to Qatar it is pretty is easy to see that there are definate problems with toleration of other cultures amongst a fair few people, unfortunatly these people seem to be the ones in power, it is against the law to have a church look like a church, although i consider myself atheist, i find this dispicable.

    With regard to the article, i feel that there will be a backlash against this, from european fans, I wish Qatar all the best at controlling the masses, they arent used to trouble from their own populations because there are about as close to freedom as caged animals could be considered, I’m guessing there will be a bit of a boycott, but im rather hoping that gay pride will do a tour to Qatar and other parts of the middle east.

    What people mention to fail is that some of the saudi arabian shakes make regular trips to thailand to marry prostitutes, and it is law that if you say “I divorce you” im not sure if it is 3, 5 or 7 times outloud, then it is considered lawful divorce, it has recently been passed in Qatar and Saudi that you can do this by text, and no im not joking.

    It is interesting to see that the term monogamous, has no place in that sort of society expecailly amongst the shakes, yet homosexuality is illegal and alcohol is pretty much forbidden (unless you pay a fortune for an alcohol permit)

    I’m glad i only recently discovered bisexualism and not when i was in Qatar, i got enough disrespectful treatment for being a western female who is blonde haired and blue eyed.

    Good luck Qatar your going to blooming need it.