Canada Soccer announces 4-year partnership with LGBT project ahead of World Cup in Qatar

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11/18/2022

As the men’s World Cup in Qatar puts a spotlight on the country’s record of human rights violations, Canada Soccer has partnered with a group that aims to tackle homophobia in sports. You Can Play is a project that started in 2012 that is working to create the most inclusive space possible for LGBT fans, players, coaches and all participants. Same-sex relationships are illegal in Qatar, and though the Qatari government has said all fans are welcome, including those who identify as LGBTQ, visitors must respect the nation’s culture, in which public displays of affection by anyone are frowned on. Earl Cochrane, secretary-general of Canada Soccer, said the timing of this partnership is not a coincidence as Canada prepares to make its first World Cup appearance for the first time in 36 years. Canada, in partnership with the U.S. and Mexico, will also play host to the 2026 Men’s World Cup.

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