Homosexuality is Forbidden in Qatar, LGTBQ People Should Obey our Rules While Here — Khalid Salman

Khalid Salman speaks about LGBTQ in Qatar

Khalid Salman, the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup  ambassador, has spoken about LGBTQ, ahead of the world cup tournament that is barely 2 weeks ahead. In an interview with German broadcaster ZDF, Salman was discussing the issue of homosexuality being illegal in Qatar, which has now raised some concerns for some football fans.



As many people are expected to travel to Qatar for the World Cup,  Salman told ZDF , according to Islamic law that being gay was “haram,” meaning forbidden, “It is damage in the mind,”  


“let’s talk about gays,” “The most important thing is, everybody will accept that they come here. But they will have to accept our rules,” he said, adding he was concerned children may learn “something that is not good.”


The interview, filmed in Doha, was immediately stopped by an official from the World Cup organizing committee.


Salman was a Qatari football player in the 1980s and 1990s. He took part in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and has been selected as one of the tournament’s host country ambassadors.




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

Human rights activist Rasha Younes, reacting to the interview called Salman’s comments “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 said on Twitter.


The awarding of the football tournament to Qatar has been strongly criticized due to the human rights situation in the Gulf state and the treatment of foreign workers.


Earlier this month, football’s world governing body FIFA urged nations participating in the 2022 World Cup to focus on football when the tournament kicks off. Watch the video below




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