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Unbelievable scandalous statements from Qatar’s World Cup ambassador
What a misanthropic message from the Qatar World Cup official ambassador…
In an interview with ZDF man Jochen Breyer (39) for the documentary ‘Geheimsache Qatar’ (Tuesday, 8:15 p.m.), Khalid Salman (60), ex-soccer professional and a face of the desert World Cup, described homosexuality as “mental damage ” designated.
In his eyes, being gay is “haram”, i.e. a sin.
The former national player in a contribution from the documentary material that was broadcast on Monday evening in the “heute journal”: “Many things will come into the country. Let’s talk about gays. The most important thing is that everyone will accept that you come here. But they will have to accept our rules.”
Then came the verbal gaffes: Salman said he had problems with children seeing gays. Because they would then learn something that is not good. Then came the statement with which he described homosexuals as mentally ill.
Also visible: the spokesman for the World Cup organizing committee, who accompanied the ZDF team during the shooting, stops the interview immediately after these Salman sentences.
Homosexual acts are banned in Islamist Qatar and are punishable by up to seven years in prison and lashes under current Sharia law.
The tournament organizers and Fifa had recently emphasized several times that all fans were welcome at the World Cup in Qatar.
Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani (42) accused the German government of double standards in an interview with the ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine’ on Monday. Germany has no problem with Qatar when it comes to energy partnerships.
The displeasure in Doha was directed at statements by Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD), who, among other things, had demanded security guarantees for the LGBTQ community from the World Cup host.
Al-Thani on Faeser’s statements: “With all due respect, these were not necessary at all. We have repeatedly repeated from the highest level that everyone is welcome and that nobody is discriminated against.” That once again sounded very different. Such assurances have nothing to do with the brutal reality in the desert state.
The World Cup will open on November 20 with the game between hosts Qatar and Ecuador (5 p.m.).