Qatar: the World Cup of shame


The next soccer World Cup will take place from 21 November to 18 December.

In Qatar.

One of the most repressive countries in the world.


In Qatar, sex outside of marriage is prohibited.

Not badly considered, no.

Not bad views.

Prohibited. By law.

According to the British newspaper The star of the newspaperwho published a report on the repression in Qatar, whoever has sex without being married is liable to seven years in prison.

“There will be no overnight adventures at this tournament. There will be no party, really. Everyone has to stay calm, unless they want to risk going to jail. For the first time in World Cup history, sex is prohibited. Fans need to be prepared, “a Qatari police source said in comments broadcast by the Star of the day.

Public displays of affection, such as holding hands, hugging or kissing, are also prohibited.


As for homosexual relations, they are also subject to penalties of up to seven years in prison.

As can be read in a text published by the French channel BFMTV, article 296 of the penal code of Qatar provides that “to lead or incite a man in any way, even seductive, to commit an act of sodomy or debauchery” and “provoke or seducing a man or a woman in any way for the purpose of committing immoral or illegal acts ”are offenses.

For alcohol we will make an exception. Tourists can enjoy alcoholic beverages in some of the hotel’s bars and restaurants.

But beware: getting drunk or drinking in public is strictly forbidden!

Otherwise, jail!

As for women, you can imagine that Qatar is not paradise.

According to Amnesty International, “women still need the permission of their guardian (father, brother, grandfather, husband) to make essential decisions in life, such as getting married, studying abroad for the government, doing many civil service jobs, traveling abroad up to a maximum of a certain age … “

Qatari women are not obliged to wear the veil, but must dress “modestly”.

No skirts above the knees, no shorts, no open shoulders or plunging necklines or tight dresses …

In short, a pocket of potatoes and voila.

We are far from the day when women in Qatar will be able to walk topless in a park like in Quebec (a province that, according to some Quebec feminists who have never gone beyond Venice-en-Quebec, is sexist and patriarchal. Okay). ..


Which brings us to the quiz question of the week: Can you tell me why we agreed that the 2022 Soccer World Cup takes place there?

Why not North Korea, so what?

It’s okay to be open to diversity, but not all plans are created equal.

Some are rarer than others.


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