Qatar: the World Cup of shame

The next soccer World Cup will take place from November 21st to December 18th.

In Qatar.

One of the most repressive countries in the world.


Sex outside of marriage is illegal in Qatar.

Not bad thinking, no.

Not a bad View.

Forbidden. By the law.

According to the British daily The day starwhich published a report on the repression in Qatar, anyone who has sex without being married faces seven years in prison.

“There will be no one-night stands at this tournament. There really won’t be a party. Everyone needs to keep their cool unless they want to risk ending up in jail. Sex is forbidden for the first time in World Cup history. Fans need to be prepared,” a Qatari police source said in one of the Daily Star.

Public displays of affection such as holding hands, hugging, or kissing are also prohibited.


Homosexual relationships can also be punished with up to seven years in prison.

According to a text published by French broadcaster BFMTV, Article 296 of the Qatar Penal Code provides for “leading or inciting a man to commit an act of sodomy or debauchery by any means, including by seduction” and “provoking or seducing a man or woman in any way with the aim of committing immoral or illegal acts” are criminal offences.

We make an exception for alcohol. Tourists can consume alcoholic beverages in some hotel bars and restaurants.

But beware: it is strictly forbidden to get drunk or drink in public!

Otherwise prison!

As for women, you can imagine that Qatar is no paradise.

According to Amnesty International, “women still need permission from their guardians (father, brother, grandfather, husband) to make essential life decisions, such as a certain age…”

Qatari women are not required to wear the veil, but they are required to dress “modestly”.

No skirts above the knees, no shorts, no bare shoulders or plunging necklines or tight clothing…

In short, a bag of potatoes and voila.

We’re a long way from the day when women in Qatar can run around topless in a park like Quebec (a province that, according to some Quebec feminists who never went further than Venice-en-Quebec, is sexist and patriarchal .In order)…


Which brings us to quiz question of the week: Can you tell me why we agreed to host the 2022 World Cup there?

Why not North Korea, so what?

It’s okay to be open to diversity, but not all plans are created equal.

Some are rarer than others.

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