Earlier this week we revealed new policy in the Gulf Cooperative Countries (GCC) that will see folks being forced into "homosexuality tests" before being allowed entry into the respective GCC nations (which include Kuwait, Dubai and Qatar, among others). After news of the ban on entry for LGBT people sparked international outcry, Peter Tatchell, a well-known U.K. human rights activist, called on FIFA to pull the 2022 World Cup from Qatar based on the anti-gay policy.
Peter has launched his campaign because the new GCC rules “will mean that gay players and spectators will be banned from attending the football world cup.”
“There is no known medical test to detect homosexuality," he adds in an interview with Pink News. "I wonder what quackery the Kuwaiti authorities plan to invent in their vain attempt to identify gay men. It simply won’t work."
“Banning gay people from entering the country will deter foreign investors and companies. They won’t want to subject their employees to such barbaric, medieval humiliations.
“The proposal that this gay ban will apply across all Gulf Cooperation Countries will mean that gay players and spectators will be banned from attending the football world cup in Qatar in 2022. This contradicts previous assurances given to FIFA by the Qatar government that everyone will be welcome and that there will be no discrimination.
“FIFA now has no option but to cancel the world cup in Qatar. Allowing it to go head in these circumstances would involve FIFA colluding with homophobic discrimination.”
Should we hold our breath and wait for FIFA to do the right thing?