What They're Saying

"This is not a joke, this is a matter of life and death to people. Qatar and more than 70 other countries in the world still criminalize individuals for homosexual relationships, and some countries even punish them by death sentence. It's disappointing to see that an organization that is promoting the game, which in its statutes condemns discrimination of any kind, is coming out with comments like this."

-- Juris Lavrikovs, communications director for the European branch of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, responds to FIFA President Sepp Blatter joking about homosexuality being illegal in Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host. Blatter said, "I’d say they [gay fans] should refrain from any sexual activities." (Reuters)

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