ORGANISERS of the Fifa World Cup taking place in Qatar later this year have issued a set of stringent guidelines that will prohibit the organising of parties and other social events in line with the host country’s strict Sharia laws.
Between November 21 and December 18 this year, the 2022 World Cup will be holding in Qatar, the first time ever in an Arab nation. However, the state of Qatar has a long-standing ban on sex between unmarried people and public consumption of alcohol, which is in line with its Sharia beliefs and those who violate the ban face up to seven years in prison.
It is now feared that this ban will be fully enforced during the World Cup as the host country will enforce its ban on public drinking and casual sex. According to insider reports, the country plans to enforce the ban and not exclude foreign fans who would be in the country for the duration of the tournament.
One UK police source said: “Sex is very much off the menu, unless you are coming as a husband and wife team. There definitely will be no one-night stands at this tournament.
“There will be no partying at all really and everyone needs to keep their heads about them, unless they want to risk being stuck in prison. There is essentially a sex ban in place at this year’s World Cup for the first time ever. Fans need to be prepared.”
Apart from a law against drinking in public and sex between unmarried people, Qatar also forbids anyone from being publicly intoxicated. Public display of affection between men and women, even if married, is also a crime and one should not be caught wearing revealing clothing in public.
Although Fifa has stated that all are welcome at the tournament, there have been growing speculations this might not be the case with Qatar’s tough regulations. Earlier this year, the country had announced that same-sex couples and display of insignia related to the LGBTQ+ movement remained banned.