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FIFA World Cup 2022: From LGBTQIA+ to alcohol law - key rules introduction by Qatar Government

A look at the rules and regulations for fans attenting the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA World Cup 2022: From LGBTQIA+ to alcohol law - key rules introduction by Qatar Government
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  • Karen Noronha

Last Updated: 10.56 AM, Nov 14, 2022

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The greatest football spectical - FIFA World Cup 2022 - is around the corner and countries from across the globe will be coming together. With the event being held in Qatar, fans will be flocking the nation to enjoy their favourites play the game of football.

However, the Qatar Goverment has set some rules for fans. Here is what fans should know and do when they visit there to view the sport:

LGBTQIA+:

Qatar laws on LGBTQ+ rights have received international attention, with homosexuality being illegal. The official narrative places a strong emphasis on sexuality in public settings, but LGBTQ+ rights and freedoms in local cultures are severely constrained. The country even even instituted "medical screening tests" to "identify" gays and ban them from entering the nation.

However, Qatar has revoked their restrictions and announced they will adhere to FIFA standards to promote tolerance of rainbow flags in stadiums in response to mounting media and player pressure.

LGBTQIA individuals will not be prohibited, according to Football Association CEO Mark Bullingham's statement on September 21.

Clothing:

While football fans are free to dress however they choose, but fans are not permitted to take off their clothing within the stadium. Spectators will also need to cover their knees and shoulders when going into public places like government offices or museums.

Alcohol:

Because Qatar's legal system is founded on Sharia, Hassan Abdulla al Thawadi, chief executive of Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid, stated that drinking in public places is not permitted. However, areas where supporters can consume alcohol will be built. Alcohol and other beverages may be brought into the stadium by fans, but they may not be purchased there.

Public displays of affection:

Visitors to the event have been asked to abide by the laws because public displays of affection are forbidden across Qatar.

Photography:

While before taking any pictures or making any videos, fans should obtain permission. They should also be informed that it is forbidden to take photos of any government-related objects.

Smoking:

In Qatar, smoking is permitted, however it is forbidden in public places, including stadiums and other sporting venues. It is also illegal to smoke in public places including restaurants, malls, and museums, and doing so is punishable by a hefty fine.

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