Sex Ban at Qatar World Cup: Unmarried players, fans risk seven-year jail term if…


For the first time in history, sex will effectively be banned at a World Cup for players and fans who are not married.

Sex outside of marriage is illegal in Qatar and frisky football fans have been warned that one-night stands could lead to seven years behind bars at this year’s World Cup.

According to Daily Star, FIFA officials had also warned that “no exceptions” would be made to this rule at the tournament, which starts in November.

There is a growing unease from UK law enforcement about the possibility of British fans facing severe penalties for “doing everyday things ­accepted at and after games”.

A police source told Daily Star, “Sex is very much off the menu, unless you are coming as a husband and wife team. There definitely will be no one-night stands at this tournament.

“There will be no partying at all really. Everyone needs to keep their heads about them, unless they want to risk ­being stuck in prison.

“There is essentially a sex ban in place at this year’s World Cup for the first time ever. Fans need to be prepared.”

FIFA has said “all are welcome” at the tournament – but there is a growing concern that is not the case.

There are already reports of fans with different surnames being stopped from booking and sharing hotel rooms.

The source added: “The drink and party culture after games, which is the norm in most places, is strictly prohibited.

“With very strict and scary consequences if you are caught. There is a feeling this could be a very bad tournament ­indeed for fans.”

Nasser al-Khater, the chief executive of the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar said, “The safety and security of every single fan is of the utmost importance to us.

“But public displays of affection are frowned upon, it’s not part of our ­culture – and that goes across the board to everybody.”

The Qatar Supreme Committee for the delivery of the 2022 World Cup also warned of the strict laws in place.

In a statement it said, “Qatar is a ­conservative country and public ­displays of affection are frowned upon ­regardless of sexual orientation”

Mansoor Al Ansari, General Secretary of the Qatar Football Association said it was even considering banning rainbow flags at games.

He added, “You want to demonstrate your view about the LGBTQ+ then demonstrate it in a ­society where it will be accepted.” (Daily Star report with slight edits to headline)

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