Fifa boss tells gay fans: ‘Don’t have sex at Qatar World Cup’
Owen Gibson, sports news correspondent
Tuesday 14 December 2010 21.42 GM
Fifa president Sepp Blatter today provoked calls for his resignation after joking that gay football fans should “refrain” from sex during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
Asked about concerns over the treatment of gay fans at the 2022 tournament, Blatter appeared to laugh the question off, saying: “I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities.”
But the Fifa president’s response and that of the assembled audience provoked anger from John Amaechi, the former NBA basketball star who revealed he was gay in 2007. He accused Blatter of “epic ignorance”.
Meanwhile, campaign groups said he risked undermining work to combat homophobia in football and called on him to apologise immediately or stand down.
A chicken from a grossly obvious screw-the-United-States decision has come home to roost. I wonder how many more such shoes will drop on FIFA in the next 12 years!