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FIFA WC – Fatma Samoura: “The level of criticism has reached an unimaginable point

During her brief visit to France, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, 60, spoke with L'Équipe for an interview.

FIFA WC – Fatma Samoura: “The level of criticism has reached an unimaginable point

During her brief visit to France, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, 60, spoke with L’Équipe for an interview.

The Senegalese president pushed the World Cup for 30 minutes while downplaying criticism of Qatar, particularly over the homophobia issue.

“I am ecstatic and especially pleased to know that nearly five billion people will be watching Qatar.

This World Cup marks a number of firsts, including the first to be held in the Arab region, the first to be held in the winter (actually, in the fall, until December 18), the first to have everyone in one location, and the first time you can watch a soccer match where everyone will be in one location.

The world will view this tiny nation of Qatar differently than the Western media does: Arab hospitality will be present.

Stars will remain in people’s eyes after they depart for several months.

I believe this is the first time Qatar is being examined in the way the emir described.

Is Qatar being treated unfairly by the Western media?

As the Emir stated, I believe this is the first time it has happened in the way that we have dissected Qatar. Particularly in the days leading up to the first whistle, the level of criticism has risen to unfathomable heights.


Do you feel this is unwarranted?

No, some criticism is legitimate. The working circumstances before to September 2010 were intolerable (she had a severe expression.)

The truth is that. Huge advancements have been made as of late. There were issues, and the Qatari authorities decided to not only accompany them but also to open their ears to the outside world and hear what was wrong.

Will the World Cup help the nation make meaningful and long-lasting progress?

No. The government has committed itself to continuing to work on various ongoing reforms until 2030. On December 18, everyone will undoubtedly remark, “We provided a magnificent World Cup, now it’s up to the foreign workers to handle it.

You have assured us that homosexuals can come to Qatar without any problem and enjoy the competition. Do you confirm this?

I am not the one who says so. It is the Qatari authorities who say so.


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Have you discussed this with them? Did you make sure?

Yes, we did talk about it. “We will welcome the globe with open arms,” they assured us. FIFA does not discriminate against persons based on their ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or social orientation.

The World Cup is open to anyone. The authorities are ready to welcome you to Qatar, no matter why you wish to visit as a fan.

The nation of Qatar is not homophobic. The Qatari penal code stipulates penalties of up to seven years in prison, hence its regulations can be viewed as being rather onerous.

imposes jail terms of up to 7 years for gay relations], yet you will be welcomed in any case for this Cup of all people.

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