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Rainbow flags may be confiscated to “protect” World Cup fans

SportRainbow flags may be confiscated to "protect" World Cup fans

Doha (Times Of Ocean)- Security may confiscate rainbow flags (by LGBT+ supporters) from World Cup viewers at the World Cup in Qatar in order to “protect” them from being viewed as “insulting” the society, a senior official claimed.

Security at this year’s World Cup finals in Qatar has warned fans that rainbow flags may be confiscated from them inside the stadiums for their safety.

Gareth Southgate’s squad will seek to raise awareness of those human rights issues, Harry Kane stated last month. “As a nation, we want our fans to enjoy the tournament just as much as we do, and we want them to feel safe and free to watch the games as they please.”

Three Lions Pride applauded Kane’s comments and encouraged other members of the team to “educate, empower, and engage” LGBT+ supporters. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron said “homophobia has no place here” during a 2011 speech urging Qatar to improve its human rights record, while David Beckham becoming an ambassador for the tournament was met with some backlash.

Robbie Rogers, the only openly gay professional footballer in the world at the time, insisted in 2015 that he did not intend to boycott the tournament. The only active top-flight footballer who is gay is Australian Josh Cavallo, who expressed concern last year about Qatar’s laws.

Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ansari, a senior leader overseeing the tournament’s security and the chairman of Qatar’s National Counterterrorism Committee, told Associated Press that rainbow flags, that promote LGBT issues, could be removed from fans by security for their own safety.

According to Al Ansari: “If he (a fan) raised the rainbow flag and I took it from him, I didn’t do it to insult him, but to protect him. If it’s not me, somebody else might attack (him). I can’t guarantee the behavior of everyone. I will tell him: “No need to raise that flag at this point.”

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