LGBTQ fans tell British diplomat to make concessions over World Cup in Qatar


British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Wednesday that LGBT fans should “respect” and show “flexibility and compromise” in Qatar for the upcoming men’s soccer World Cup, drawing sharp criticism from British media, lawmakers and the prime minister’s office.

Speaking cleverly, speaking on talk radio station LBC, he said Qatar is making “some concessions regarding what is, you know, an Islamic country with a very different set of cultural norms than ours.” In turn, he said, fans should “respect the host country – they will, they are trying to ensure that people are themselves and enjoy football.”

“I think with a little flexibility and compromise on both sides, it could be a safe and exciting World Cup,” he added.

Critics said Cleverly, a center-right Conservative party member and supporter of same-sex marriage rights, was essentially asking LGBT lovers to conceal their identities in a country where homosexuality is a crime. Consensual sex between men is prohibited by Qatari law, which does not explicitly prohibit sex between women, according to the US State Department. Sex between men is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

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Gary Lineker, former British football player, chirp: “Whatever you do, don’t do anything like me. Is that the message?”

‘Don’t be gay at the World Cup,’ said Thursday Coverage Metro, a British tabloid newspaper.

Lucy Powell, who speaks for the opposition Labor Party on sport and culture, Call Cleverly comments “a shockingly shocking accent.” She urged the government to challenge FIFA “over how to put fans in this situation”, rather than “defending discriminatory values”.

Downing Street rebuked Cleverly’s comments, saying in a statement that people should not “give up their identity,” according to the Associated Press.

Amid the criticism, he cleverly reiterated his position, telling Britain’s Sky News that “we have very important partners in the Middle East,” and that “it is important, when you are a visitor to a country, that you respect the culture of the host country.”

When asked if he planned to attend the World Cup, which runs from November 20 to December 18, Cleverly said he would do so because it was an “important international event” where the other interviewees would be. He also had to be there to protect British travelers, he said.

Human Rights Watch said in a report on Monday that arbitrary arrests and abuses against LGBT people continued in Qatar until last month.

Cleverly’s comments came after police in Qatar arrested British activist Peter Tatchell on Tuesday as he protested the country’s attitude toward gays. in statementTatchell said he was “held by police and state security agencies for 49 minutes” after holding a sign that read, “Qatar Arrests, Jails and Subjects LGBT People to ‘Transformation’,” referring to a scandalous treatment designed to change an individual’s sexuality. Some countries banned, Including Britain and Canada, this practice.

Smartly, speaking on LBC, he said he had not spoken to the Qatari government about Tatchell, and that the activist’s situation was being taken up by the British consular team there. Tatchell said he was “interrogated”, adding: “It is a shame that the Qatari government is trying to divert attention from its diabolical violations of human rights by demonizing a peaceful protester.”

The Qatari government said Tatchell was neither arrested nor arrested, but was told “warmly and professionally” to act, and that “rumors” of his arrest were “completely false and baseless,” according to Reuters.

Aside from concerns about LGBT rights in Qatar, the Gulf state’s treatment of disadvantaged groups such as migrant workers has been tightly controlled since it was awarded the rights to host the tournament. Qatari leaders were alarmed by some of the criticism. In May, the country’s emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, claimed that the attacks were by “people who cannot accept the idea that an Arab Muslim country would host a tournament like the World Cup.”

Powell, Labor Party politician pointed Qatar recorded in “How they dealt with the migrant workers, who built the stadiums to host the World Cup.”

The tournament is the latest global sporting event to spark criticism over the host country’s human rights record. When China hosted the Winter Olympics this year, the White House imposed a diplomatic boycott in protest of human rights abuses in the country, including its crackdown on the Uyghur minority.

Andrew Jeong contributed to this report.

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