Qatar: step right up for the greatest shitshow on earth


greatest shitshow on earth Bengt Kunkel
Image: Bengt Kunkel, Instagram

The greatest shitshow on earth continues in Qatar where security and police continue to harass soccer fans wearing suspicious multi-coloured apparel. On Saturday, security threatened to call police unless Bengt Kunkel and another German fan threw their rainbow armbands in a bin.

Bengt Kunkel, pictured above, told CNN the security came out of nowhere.

“They took my friend quite aggressively on the arm and pushed him away from the crowd and told him to take it off.

“Then they took me with him. They said: ‘You’re going to take it off and throw it in the bin or we’ll call the police.’

“We had a little discussion, we were being respectful and said: ‘We’re not going to throw it away but we’re going to put it in our pockets’.”

The latest incident follows Welsh fans being denied entry into stadiums for wearing rainbow-coloured bucket hats. Earlier in the week, officials insisted American journalist Grant Wahl and former Wales captain Laura McAllister remove rainbow clothing before entering the stadiums. Officials detained Wahl for 25 minutes and he later received an apology from FIFA.

But despite all their earlier promises, FIFA has no power to compel the country it corruptly awarded the world’s largest sporting event to keep its promises to make all soccer fans welcome.

Trampled flag

Also, earlier in the week, officials trampled another fan’s flag because it featured a rainbow. It was the state flag of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.

FIFA boss Gianni Infantino last week joined Qatar in trying to make the issue about people not respecting Qatar’s culture. But Qatar wanted to hold a world event. To achieve that ambition, it paid bribes and agreed to hold itself to world standards. Hopefully, it at least delivered on the corrupt payments. Because the country never lived up to its other promises.

Someone needs to be held responsible for the greatest shitshow on earth. Qatar won’t be. So it looks like LGBTIQA+ communities worldwide need to ensure that FIFA understands, there will be consequences for any repeat.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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