“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.