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Homosexual Sex Banned at 2022 World Cup

How Will Soccer Players Kissing Go Over at Qatar's World Cup?

After this Summer's World Cup, soccer players were credited with the trend of guy-on-guy kissing among American college students, so it's safe to say they're not the most homophobic group of athletes in the world. While a kiss of victory is far from gay sex, it's not exactly perceived as the opposite either.

Now the 2022 World Cup is set to be held in Qatar, a Muslim-dominated nation where homosexual sex is illegal and punishable by fines and up-to-five-year prison sentences. I'd say this sounds like no bigger deal than usual, because homosexual sex is illegal in lots of countries (it was in some US states until 2003). But then the president of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) opened his mouth. His solution? Just don't have homosexual sex during the month-long World Cup.

Whatever the case, people will find a way to have sex, gay or straight, during the 2022 World Cup the way they always have — in private. Because all this really means is "don't have sex in public," and that's not really a terrible rule of thumb for anyone! As for kissing soccer players? Well, given how men in the Middle East kiss out of friendship, I suspect only Americans will think it's odd.

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snow-flake snow-flake 6 years
I'm disappointed that the FIFA choose to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. I don't think the World Cup, perhaps the largest sporting event in the world, should be held in a state where such clear rules and strict punishment against homosexuality exist. I think the question of woman's rights might also be addressed. There will undoubtably be thousands of visitors from all over the world, many of whom will be women. In a 2010 UN report Qatar was rated as "not free". How does this play into the hosting of such a large multi-national sporting event? Read an interesting Op-Ed article (by a woman) on the Sports Illustrated Website:
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 6 years
I don't believe that soccer is a highly homophobic sport. My bf plays with a gay guy on his soccer team and no one makes any type of deal about it. I just think its incorrect to single out soccer as a homophobic sport. I'm still not over the fact that they chose Qatar over the US, or even Australia. 130 degrees! I don't think that will change over the course of the next decade. What a wrong move.
jojijoja jojijoja 6 years
Men in Qatar as well as other Islamic/middle eastern/Arabic countries do kiss on the cheeks and it's perfectly fine. It's here in the United States that's considered "gay" if men kiss on the cheeks. Now kissing as in making out is illegal for homosexuals in Qatar, but the kiss shown in the picture is accepted.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
2022 World Cup? Doesn't that leave "a little" time for change?
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
Soccer is a highly homophobic sport.
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