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David Beckham: paid defender of Qatar sportswashing

Monday will see the opening of the greatest exercise in sportswashing the world has ever known. But $17.8 million ‘ambassador’ David Beckham now claims the Qatar soccer pitch as a ‘platform for progress’. The biggest sporting event in history will take place in a near absolute monarchy with a dismal human rights record. Qatar criminalises …

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Qatar stops pretending: homosexuality ‘damage in the mind’

The sportswashing is over, the mask has slipped, Qatar is no longer pretending, and FIFA’s assurances count for nothing. An interview with the Qatari World Cup ambassador Khalid Salman on German TV was suddenly cut short after the former footballer described homosexuality as ‘damage in the mind’. “They have to accept our rules here. “[Homosexuality] …

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Australia’s Socceroos call out World Cup host Qatar’s anti-gay laws

Australia’s national team the Socceroos have called out Qatar’s record on human rights in a video ahead of next month’s World Cup in the country. Qatar has come under scrutiny after FIFA awarded the Gulf state the major soccer tournament, which begins on November 20. More than a dozen Socceroos take turns to speak out …

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Qatar police stop LGBTIQ+ rights protest by activist Peter Tatchell

Police in Qatar have stopped an LGBTIQ+ rights protest by British activist Peter Tatchell in capital city Doha, weeks out from the World Cup. From November 20, the Gulf Arab state will host the FIFA World Cup. But Qatar’s hosting of the major sporting event has brought the country’s laws criminalising homosexuality into the spotlight. …

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Queer Qataris arrested and beaten by police weeks before World Cup

LGBT people in World Cup host city Qatar have been arbitrarily arrested and beaten in police custody as recently as September, according to Human Rights Watch. Qatar is hosting the 2022 World Cup, from November 20 to December 18. But homosexuality is illegal in the conservative Muslim country, with same-sex relations punished with up to …

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‘World is watching’: Josh Cavallo’s warning to World Cup host Qatar

Australian gay soccer player Josh Cavallo has called out World Cup host Qatar on its anti-gay laws and urged sport leaders to consider a country’s LGBTIQ+ rights stance before awarding hosting rights of major events. Qatar is hosting the 2022 World Cup, from November 20 to December 18. The country criminalises homosexual activity with prison …

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