Qatar 2022 chief says fans from LGBT community are ‘welcome’


The chief executive of Qatar 2022 has attempted to assure football fans from the LGBT community they will be welcomed at next year’s World Cup in the country. The Gulf state, which will host the global showpiece tournament in November and December 2022, has laws against same-sex relationships. Australia international Josh Cavallo, who is openly gay, recently said he would be “scared” to play in Qatar. Nasser Al Khater, the tournament’s CEO, claims the country is misunderstood. Al Khater told CNN: “We welcome him (Cavallo) here in the state of Qatar, we welcome him to come and see, even prior to the World Cup. Nobody feels threatened here, nobody feels unsafe here.

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