• Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

World Cup 2022: LGBT fans of Wales vow to boycott Qatar tournament

Some Wales football fans are to boycott the Fifa World Cup in Qatar due to the host country’s stance on gay rights.

Wales qualified for the tournament for the first time in 64 years after winning their play-off final against Ukraine.

However Tracy Brown, of Wales’ official LGBTQ+ supporters’ group, said many members did not believe it was safe to travel to the Middle East in November.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and punishable with prison sentences.

Ms Brown, from the Rainbow Wall supporters’ group, said: “I, for one, won’t go.

“On one hand I’m stoked that we’ve got there, it’s been a long time coming.

“If it was anywhere else in the world I would be thinking I want to be there supporting.

“But I’m going to be sat at home watching us play because I don’t feel safe to go.”

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