FIFA Chief's Gay Comments Cause Outrage

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Transcript by Newsy**** BY ERIK SHUTE You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy FIF...
Transcript by Newsy**** BY ERIK SHUTE You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy FIFA president Sepp Blatter has an ultimatum for gays hoping to travel to Quatar in 2022: you’re invited, but don’t do anything “gay”. During a press conference on Monday, Blatter was asked about Quatar’s anti-gay policies during the World Cup -- here’s how he responded: “Then I would say that they should refrain from any sexual activities. If they want to watch a match somewhere in Qatar in 2022, I’m sure they will be admitted to such matches. I think there is too much concern for the competition that will only be done in 12 years.” (CNN) Gay rights advocates have made it clear -- the concern is very real. In the mainly Muslim country, homosexuality is more than forbidden -- it’s strictly illegal. The BBC says this is just the first of many questions Quatar will have to field while preparing for 2022. “The Gulf state will be the very first Muslim country to host the event, so fans really will find plenty that's different. Drinking alcohol in public is illegal and homosexuality is also outlawed. Blatter’s sure gay fans will be able to attend matches, but it’s a bit bizzare he tried to make light of the situation.” Blatter clarified his choice words by contradicting them a few sentences later. He suggested the Middle East will not take sides -- it’s ready to open up to different cultures. A skeptical Fox News asked its pundits to decide. HOST: “Blatter qualified his blather saying we are living in a world of freedom and said some other crap I chose to ignore. But a reporter raised a good when visiting lands that hate their glands?” COMMENTATOR: “This is ridiculous. Do they really think gay people this far out are planning their sexual activity? Maybe they have a calendar out for 2022? Ok I’m in section F6, this is where it’s all going to happen.” Others defending the Arab emirate think the criticism is too harsh. Blatter’s comments might have been inappropriate, but they weren’t outlandish. Ed Connell of the Gay Football Supporters Network told The Mirror, Blatter just needs to be educated. “While we’re working with the FA [Futbol Association] to get people to understand there is an issue with homophobia around football, Sepp Blatter is simply not getting the issue.” If fans are raising these issues 12 years prior to kickoff, just imagine the escalated debate in the days before the teams arrive. The Wall Street Journal says this boils down to the real issue on everyone’s mind. “The comment... did little to help soccer fans answer a stubborn question that has been asked again and again since the decision was announced: How did Qatar wind up beating the United States, Australia, South Korea and Japan for the 2022 World Cup?” Around the world organizations advocating the rights of gays in soccer are demanding Blatter apologize. Get multisource video news analysis from Newsy
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