FIFA Chief Under Fire For Saying Gays Should Avoid Sex At 2022 World Cup

Homosexuals "should refrain from any sexual activities" while attending the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Monday.

Today, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and other gay rights activists are condemning his words — and renewing their objection to having the tournament played in a country where homosexual behavior is illegal.

CNN has posted video of Blatter answering a question concerning whether homosexual fans should be worried about having the World Cup held in Qatar. As you'll see, after the comment about refraining from sex, he goes on at length to make the case that while "in football we have no boundaries," Qatar is home to "another culture because it is another religion."

But, Blatter also says, if homosexual fans "want to watch a match somewhere in Qatar in 2022, I'm sure they will be admitted to such matches."

John Amaechi, a former NBA player who came out in 2007, says that through Blatter's comments "FIFA has endorsed the marginalization of LGBT people around the world."

Here 's the CNN video of Blatter:



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