Qatar World Cup sponsors and broadcasters ‘risk red card’ over anti-gay laws

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08/04/2019

An international risk consultancy has called on RTE and other broadcasters to put pressure on Qatar to suspend anti-homosexuality laws before the 2022 football World Cup is staged there. London-based Cornerstone Global Associates said Qatar would be the first modern host of a World Cup tournament to have banned homosexuality and made it punishable by a prison sentence. A report by the company said that, while some in the Qatari leadership would like to see the law suspended during the tournament, conservative Muslims had resisted this. The report said sponsors and official broadcasters of the World Cup faced a risk to their reputation from being associated with a tournament staged in a country whose law discriminated against the LGBT community.

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