Research by two Swedish journalists causes a stir. During a trip to Qatar, they posed as a homosexual couple who wanted to honeymoon in Qatar. The Swedes asked for rooms in a total of 69 official FIFA World Cup hotels. Of the 69 hotels, 59 responded. But the request was rejected by three hotels. The justification was as follows: “Thank you for your question, but according to our hotel policy we cannot accommodate you.”
Another hotel even said: “Gay couples are not accepted.” 20 houses wanted to accept the couple. However, only under the condition that you do not wear make-up or dress homosexually. However, there were no objections from 33 hotels. There was no reply from the rest. FIFA meanwhile commented on the findings of the investigative investigation: “FIFA is confident that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure that LGBTQI fans and others can enjoy the tournament in a welcoming and safe manner,” said one official statement.
However, homosexuality is strictly forbidden in Qatar. In the worst case, they could face up to seven years in prison. Accordingly, members of the LGBTQ+ community are systematically oppressed and monitored.