Doha, April 1 (AP) Outspoken Football Federation of Norway president Lise Klaveness believes Qatar should have decriminalized homosexuality before selling tickets to this year’s World Cup.
The former Norway international, who is gay herself, had already delivered a scathing criticism of the World Cup host and FIFA in front of an audience of leaders at the FIFA Congress on Thursday on the eve of the draw. out of the tournament.
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Qatar’s record of protecting the rights of migrant workers – who have built tens of billions of dollars worth of projects needed for the World Cup – and its criminalization of homosexuality aired Klaveness, the new head of soccer in Norway and one of the few women ever to lead a FIFA member federation.
FIFA had worked this week in Doha to keep the Norwegian’s speech off the main Congress agenda, then gave way to rebuttals from a Latin American football official and the head of the FIFA organizing committee. Qatar.
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“This is not the right forum or the right time,” Honduran Football Federation secretary general Jose Ernesto Mejia said in translated comments.
Klaveness was reprimanded by Hassan Al-Thawadi, who nominated Qatar more than 12 years ago and has led the organizing committee ever since.
“You did not attempt to contact us and did not attempt to engage in dialogue prior to addressing congress today,” he said.
Al-Thawadi said Qatar’s door was always open for people to “educate themselves before passing judgement”.
Both Qatar and FIFA have always said that hosting the World Cup in the country has accelerated positive changes in the country’s laws and society. (AP)
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