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Robbie Rogers: FIFA 'Insane' to Host World Cup in Russia, Qatar

LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers has spoken out about FIFA’s decision to stage the next two World Cups 2018 in countries that are hostile to homosexuality. Rogers, the most high-profile professional soccer player to come out as being gay, appeared on Sky Sports News on Thursday to promote his autobiography Coming Out to Play, and spoke about a number of issues, including his concern for gay players and fans who would be traveling to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

“I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it’s absolutely insane,” the 27-year-old said. “If you look at the next few World Cups, they are in places where if I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up or stoned to death. It’s pretty ridiculous.”

He added: “There is going to be number of gay fans that will go to watch the sport. Of course, there is going to be another gay footballer there. I think it is an issue that needs to be spoken about and discussed with FIFA because every player should feel safe when they go to a World Cup.”

In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors,” and in Qatar gay sex is illegal.

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2 comments about "Robbie Rogers: FIFA 'Insane' to Host World Cup in Russia, Qatar".
  1. Wayne Root, December 20, 2014 at 3:14 a.m.

    Rogers is right. The point he has made sits beside the dubious methods of selecting these two countries for the World Cup that has been made by Sepp and company.

  2. R2 Dad, December 21, 2014 at 3:46 p.m.

    Russia will be on their best behavior in 2018, but 2022 is entirely different. And what happens if Israel qualifies for 2022? They've been around the top 20 before, it's entirely possible they will qualify and then what? Complete farce. I hope Blatter is still around to squirm through it all. Something of that scale really could destroy FIFA.

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