The CEO of the 2022 FIFA World Cup organising committee, Nasser Al Khater, says “homosexuality is not authorised” in his home country of Qatar. In 2010, the small emirate on the Arabian Peninsula earned the right to host the tournament. CNN did an interview with Al Khater in November of last year in which he claimed Qatar has been treated “unfairly” and “unjustly.” Al Khater told CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies that he knows the World Cup “brings with it a certain amount of scrutiny” and “if it’s something that’s going to be catalyst for change,” Qataris will support it. The Middle Eastern state has anti-homosexuality laws and prohibits same-sex marriage. Those caught in homosexual acts can be punished with a prison sentence of up to three years.

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