Football: Official World Cup hotels in Qatar openly reject homosexuals

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“Unfortunately we can not accommodate you”: Official World Cup hotels in Qatar openly reject homosexuals

People understand each other: Fifa president Gianni Infantino (left) and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.

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Fifa promotes equality, also for people from the LGBTQI + community. However, research shows that gays are not welcome in all official World Cup hotels during the World Cup in Qatar.

During the World Cup in Qatar, it can be difficult for gays and other people in the LGBTQI + community to rent a hotel room. It was the result of joint research from the three Scandinavian TV stations NRK (Norway), DR (Denmark) and SVT (Sweden). Journalists had therefore pretended to be a gay couple and asked for a room at a total of 69 official World Cup hotels in the football world association Fifa.

59 hotels responded, three of which rejected the request outright. “Thank you for the question, but according to our hotel policy we can not accommodate you,” was a reply. Another hotel does not accept gay couples and another said “such check-in is not possible”.

Anyone who pretends is welcome

20 other hotels do not want guests to openly show their homosexuality. There have been incidents in the past where police have taken gay Qataris out of hotels, a hotel said. In addition, one would violate state policy if one “puts on make-up and dresses gay”. “Decently dressed” and without sexual activity, the couple is welcome. 33 hotels had no objections, 13 did not respond or are currently only corona quarantine hotels.

“Fifa will ensure that the mentioned hotels are again made aware of our strict requirements regarding non-discriminatory reception of guests. Hotels and other service providers associated with the World Cup will have their contracts terminated if they do not meet the high requirements according to the organizers,” he said. The world federation on Friday on request.Any discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is strictly prohibited, FIFA said.

The World Cup takes place in the United Arab Emirates from November 21 to December 18. Fifa chief Gianni Infantino said at the 72nd Fifa congress in early March: “Everyone will see that everyone is welcome here in Qatar, even if we are talking about LGBTQI +.”

LGBTQI + prohibited by law

The abbreviation LGBTQI + summarizes people with different identities and sexual orientations, that is, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex. In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal and can be punished with up to seven years in prison.

World Cup host Qatar is not only criticized by international organizations because of the human rights situation and the conditions of foreign labor. Amnesty International recently ruled that women and lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people and transgender people (LGBTQI +) “continue to be discriminated against both by law and in everyday life”. The Lesbian and Gay Association of Germany (LSVD) even called for a boycott of the World Cup last fall.

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On the human rights front, the Qatari government has denied the allegations, citing reforms. The United Nations Labor Organization (ILO) also confirmed that Qatar was making progress. Human rights activists continue to criticize.

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