Qatar has ahead of the 2022 World Cup, has banned rainbow flags in the various stadiums.
Head of Security at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Abdullah Al Nasari, asked members of the LGBTQ+ community not to throng the stadium with rainbow flags or any other paraphernalia.
He warned any rainbow item that finds its way into the stadium will be confiscated.
He said this is not to offend the LGBTQ+ community but rather to protect them from other fans who may be intolerant of their way of living.
“If a fan raises a flag in a stadium and it is taken away, it will not be because we want to offend him, but to protect him. If we don’t, another spectator could attack him. If you buy a ticket, it is to attend a football match and not to demonstrate.”
“If you buy a ticket, it is to attend a football match and not to demonstrate,” Abdullah Al Nasari stressed.
Abdullah Al Nasari, explained Qatar is an Islamic state and does not subscribe to the ideals of the LGBTQ” community, therefore, would not change its religion to accommodate such actions due to the World Cup.