Qatar FIFA World Cup ambassador says homosexuality is ‘injury within the thoughts’


Qatar FIFA World Cup ambassador and former footballer Khalid Salman has stated homosexuality is “damage in the mind,” in an interview with German broadcaster ZDF on Monday.

The interview, filmed in Doha lower than two weeks earlier than the beginning of the event, was instantly stopped by an official from the World Cup organizing committee.

In the course of the interview, Salman was discussing the problem of homosexuality being unlawful in Qatar.

Salman advised ZDF that being homosexual was “haram,” which means forbidden in accordance with Islamic legislation. “It is damage in the mind,” Salman stated.

As many individuals are anticipated to journey to Qatar for the World Cup, “let’s talk about gays,” Salman stated.

“The most important thing is, everybody will accept that they come here. But they will have to accept our rules,” he stated, including he was involved kids could study “something that is not good.”

Salman was a Qatari soccer participant within the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties.

He took half within the 1984 Summer season Olympics in Los Angeles and has been chosen as one of many event’s host nation ambassadors.

Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup 2022 from November 20 till December 18.

His remarks drew sharp criticism from human rights activist Rasha Younes, senior LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, who referred to as Salman’s feedback “harmful and unacceptable.”

“The Qatari government’s failure to counter this false information has a significant impact on the lives of Qatar’s #LGBT residents,” she stated on Twitter.

This comes because the awarding of the soccer event to Qatar has been strongly criticized because of the human rights state of affairs within the Gulf state and the remedy of overseas staff.

Earlier this month, soccer’s world governing physique FIFA urged nations taking part within the 2022 World Cup to concentrate on soccer when the event kicks off.

FIFA confirmed to CNN {that a} letter signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the governing physique’s secretary basic Fatma Samoura was despatched out to 32 nations taking part within the international showpiece on Thursday however wouldn’t expose the contents.

“If Gianni Infantino wants the world to ‘focus on the football,’ there is a simple solution: FIFA could finally start tackling the serious human rights issues rather than brushing them under the carpet,” stated Steve Cockburn, Amnesty Worldwide’s Head of Financial and Social Justice.

“A primary step can be publicly committing to the institution of a fund to compensate migrant staff earlier than the event kicks off and making certain that LGBT folks don’t face discrimination or harassment. It’s astonishing they nonetheless haven’t accomplished so.

“Gianni Infantino is correct to say that ‘football does not exist in a vacuum.’ A whole bunch of hundreds of staff have confronted abuses to make this event doable and their rights can’t be forgotten or dismissed.

The countdown clock for the World Cup during the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar on December 15, 2021 in Doha.

“They deserve justice and compensation, not empty words, and time is running out.”