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Ambassador to the Qatar World Cup: Homosexuality is “haram” and causes “mind damage”

Ambassador to the Qatar World Cup: Homosexuality is “haram” and causes “mind damage”

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Atlanta, USA (CNN) – The ambassador of the Qatar 2022 World Cup and former player, Khaled Salman, said that homosexuality “damages the mind”, in an interview with the German channel “ZDF” on Monday.

The interview, which took place less than two weeks before the start of the tournament, was stopped by an official in the World Cup Organizing Committee, immediately.

During the interview, Salman discussed the Qatari law’s ban on homosexuality, telling the German channel that it is “haram” to be gay in Islamic law, and he reasoned that it “harms the mind.”

“The most important thing is that everyone will accept them, but they have to accept the laws of our country,” the Qatar World Cup ambassador said of LGBT people. He was concerned that children would learn “something bad,” he said.

Salman is a Qatari player who played between the eighties and the nineties and participated in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and was chosen as one of the ambassadors for the tournament.

Qatar will host the tournament between November 20 and December 18, and the idea of ​​granting it the right to host the World Cup has faced harsh criticism due to the human rights situation and the treatment of foreign workers in this Gulf country.


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