World Cup chief reveals what will happen if people hold hands in Qatar
What will happen to people that hold hands throughout the competition has been disclosed by the Qatari World Cup's CEO. In the Gulf State, public expressions of affection will be permitted, according to Nasser Al Khater.
"Look, we've always said that everybody is welcome here. All we ask is for people to be respectful of the culture.' he said. "Everybody is welcome here and everybody will feel safe when they come to Qatar. Everybody. But it's not me that I'm worried about. It's those ones that are messaging me. It's those people that aren't in the public eye that are scared to even be themselves and walk the streets."
Many supporters are still hesitant about what they can and cannot do in the Middle East, despite Al Khater's assurances. Eight of the tournament's sites will not sell alcohol to spectators, it was declared yesterday.
Additionally, there are still concerns regarding how the LGBT+ community will be received upon arrival. Josh Carvalho, the only male expert now in the field to come out as gay, stated he would be "worried" about his safety if he were to travel.
"I know personally, if I go there, I will be protected because I'm in the public eye," Cavallo said last month.
At the time, Al Khater did respond to the Adelaide United player's remarks, saying that "nobody feels intimidated" in Qatar. In a recent news conference, Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, supported him [Al Khater] and criticized the Western media for its dishonest portrayal of Qatari principles saying:
"I am European, For what we have been doing for 3,000 years around the world, we should be apologising for the next 3,000 years before giving moral lessons. This one-sided moral lesson is just hypocrisy...Qatar is ready, it will be the best World Cup ever."
The World Cup gets underway on Sunday, with hosts Qatar facing Ecuador.
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