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FIFA World Cup 2022: FA chief says LGBTQ fans will not be arrested for kissing at World Cup

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FIFA World Cup 2022: FA chief Mark Bullingham on LGBTQ fans: FA chief executive Mark Bullingham says he…

FIFA World Cup 2022: FA chief Mark Bullingham on LGBTQ fans: The FA’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, says he has been told that LGBTQ+ fans will not be arrested for holding hands or kissing in public at the World Cup in Qatar. The LGBTQ+ community had expressed concerns about how safe they will be at the November-December tournament, as same-sex sexual activity is illegal in the Gulf state. Some England LGBTQ+ fans will reportedly stay away from the World Cup because they have not received adequate assurances. Follow FIFA World Cup live updates with InsideSport.IN

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FIFA World Cup 2022: FA chief Mark Bullingham says LGBTQ fans will not be arrested for kissing or holding hands at World Cup in Qatar

But Bullingham revealed on Wednesday that he has been told that the police in Qatar have been instructed to be tolerant during the tournament.

Asked if the FA had planned for the scenario of an England fan being arrested for holding hands or kissing a same-sex partner in public, Bullingham said: “We have been putting those questions to the Qatari authorities over the last six months.

“They’ve absolutely told us all the right answers to everything we’ve talked about, right down to the point of ‘are rainbow flags allowed?’

“Yes, absolutely (it is allowed), as long as someone does not go and drape them outside a mosque – that was an example we got – and were disrespectful in that way.

“But they have definitely been informed to be very tolerant and to act in the right way. Whenever we ask a direct question, we tend to get an answer.”

FIFA World Cup 2022: FA chief Mark Bullingham says LGBTQ fans will not be arrested for kissing or holding hands at World Cup in Qatar

Despite these assurances, FA chiefs are still requesting more details from the local organizing committee that all fans, including those from the LGBTQ+ community, will be safe in Qatar.

The FA has joined nine other European associations to take part in the ‘OneLove’ anti-discrimination campaign.

England captain Harry Kane will wear a rainbow armband to support the campaign at the World Cup.

“As captains, we can all compete against each other on the field, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination,” Kane said.

“This is even more relevant at a time when division is common in society. Wearing the armband together on behalf of our teams will send a clear message as the world watches.”

FIFA World Cup 2022: FA chief Mark Bullingham says LGBTQ fans will not be arrested for kissing or holding hands at World Cup in Qatar

Bullingham said the FA is also lobbying FIFA for an update on a compensation scheme for migrant workers in Qatar and the creation of a center to help those workers access support.

“We continue to push for the principle of compensation for families of migrant workers who have lost their lives or been injured in construction projects,” he said.

“Once again we are pressing FIFA for an update to the compensation fund, which has consistently been referred to as a safety net where workers and their families have not been able to secure compensation from the construction companies.”

FIFA World Cup 2022: FA chief Mark Bullingham says LGBTQ fans will not be arrested for kissing or holding hands at World Cup in Qatar

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