Homosexual activity is considered to be a criminal offense, and those convicted may be sentenced to lashings, a prison sentence, and/or deportation.Regrettably, Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, thinks this is a laughing matter.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter was unable to keep a straight face when asked at a press conference in South Africa what to advise gay people who hope to go to the Arab emirate.Hey, at least Blatter refrained from telling LGBT fans to go f### themselves--perhaps because that activity is illegal in Qatar.
The mainly Muslim country, which will host the tournament for the first time, forbids same-sex relationships by law.
"I would say that they should refrain from sexual activities," Blatter answered on Monday, after a long pause.
FIFA's Code of Ethics has no prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. There's a similar blind spot in its choice of World Cup hosts.