World Cup 2022: FIFA agrees with Qatar to lift ban on LGBT symbols

The ban on LGBT symbols during the matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be lifted in the 2nd round of the group stage. This was reported on Thursday, November 24 by The Independent.

It is noted that the International Football Federation (FIFA) said that the rainbow flag will not be banned from stadiums during the next round of games.

According to the publication, the Qatari authorities have already ordered law enforcement agencies not to touch the fans on the streets and in fan zones.

However, the ban has officially been lifted only for LGBT symbols. Fans are advised to refrain from excessive display of same-sex feelings in order to avoid arrest and imprisonment. Since homosexuality is prohibited at the legislative level in Qatar. The articles provide for punishment in the form of imprisonment for up to three years and a fine.

In addition, for local residents, the law provides for punishment in the form of the death penalty under Sharia law.

Earlier, on November 22, Heiko Nidderer, a journalist for the German newspaper Bild, said that he received a warning from a security guard because he was wearing a rainbow ribbon at a stadium in Qatar. Rainbow symbolism is used by the LGBT community.

On November 21, it became known that the Qatari authorities refused to accept a special aircraft of the German national team, on the fuselage of which the LGBT slogan was applied. The reason was the image of several men on board the Lufthansa airliner.

The FIFA World Cup takes place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18. The opening ceremony took place on November 20 at the El-Bayt stadium in the city of Al-Khaur. A parade of the flags of the participating countries, as well as a parade of the mascots of past World Cups, took place on the field.

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