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Journalists pretended to be a gay couple: Several World Cup hotels in Qatar reject homosexual guests


According to TV research, three out of 69 hotels in Qatar refused to accept homosexual guests. Others only want to do this if the behavior is adapted. Fifa wants to react.

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At the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, homosexuals and other people in the LGBTQI+ community have to reckon with not being able to get rooms in some hotels.

This was the result of joint research by the three Scandinavian TV broadcasters 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 of the football world association Fifa.

The allegedly married couple from Sweden had requested a room for their “honeymoon”, regardless of the World Cup.

Three of them refused the request outright.

At one point it was said that "according to our hotel policy" this was not possible, or that gay couples were not accepted.

A hotel replied that such check-in was not possible.

In the past there have been incidents in which the police have taken gay Qataris out of hotels, according to an inn.

In addition, one would violate state policy if one “puts on make-up and dresses homosexually”.

"Decently dressed" and without sexual acts, the couple is welcome.

20 other hotels did not want their guests to openly show their gayness.

33 hotels had no objections, 13 did not answer or are currently only corona quarantine hotels.

"Decently dressed" welcome

"Fifa will ensure that the hotels mentioned are once again made aware of our strict requirements regarding the 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 of the organizers," FIFA said on Friday.

"Of course, that's not acceptable and it doesn't match what the World Cup OC promised," said Norwegian association president Lise Klaveness.

The Danish association was "disappointed" and formulated the "clear expectation" of a solution.

The World Cup tournament will take place in the Arab Emirate from November 21st to December 18th.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Homosexuality is forbidden in Qatar

The abbreviation LGBTQI+ summarizes people of different identities and sexual orientations, i.e. people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex.

Qatar has been criticized for the human rights situation in the country for years.

Amnesty International warns against discrimination against women and members of the LGBTQI+ scene in Qatar.

The human rights organization also criticizes the exploitation of guest workers and also criticized freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

On the human rights front, Qatar's government has denied the allegations, citing reforms.

The United Nations Labor Organization (ILO) also acknowledged Qatar's progress.

But human rights activists continue to criticize.


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-05-13

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