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Hotels or other service providers that discriminate against people in the LGBTQ+ community during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will have their contracts revoked, FIFA said on Saturday. FIFA will properly assess allegations of discrimination against gay couples and take appropriate action if deemed necessary, the world football governing body said in a statement. It was revealed after a media survey that several Qatari hotels on FIFA’s proposed accommodation list are preparing to deny access to LGBTQ+ people.

According to reports, journalists from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway pretended to be gay couples and called on them to book rooms for their honeymoon at numerous hotels in Qatar. FIFA has refused to reserve rooms for journalists as a gay couple in at least three of the 69 approved hotels. Meanwhile, another 20 hotels on the same list agreed to allow journalists to stay because they would not disclose their sexual orientation while in Qatar. On the other hand, 33 hotels have said that gay couples have no problem staying on their premises.

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It is pertinent to mention here that one of the main reasons hotels refuse to provide rooms for gay couples is the prohibition of homosexuality in the state of Qatar. On the other hand, FIFA acknowledged the report and said it would talk to all service providers associated with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar again to ensure strict rules are followed when greeting spectators at their tournament. FIFA also said that service providers would conduct regular inspections to ensure compliance with the guidelines throughout the World Cup.

FIFA said that hotels on the official list of accommodations proposed for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar must “welcome guests without discrimination” or face cancellation of contracts.

A Scandinavian media survey has shown that three of the 69 hotels on FIFA’s official list of proposed accommodations will be denied access by gay couples. Twenty other hotels have said they will arrange their stay until they publicly show that they are gay, and 33 hotels have no problem booking gay couples.

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Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, which will host the World Cup from November 21 to December 18. Since becoming aware of the report, FIFA said that it has been in contact with the Supreme Committee on Delivery and Legacy (SCS) and “will ensure that the hotels above are made aware of our strict requirements for welcoming guests again.” In a non-discriminatory manner.

“Hotels and any other service providers associated with the FIFA World Cup, who fail to meet the high standards set by the organizers, will have their contracts terminated.

“Above all, these requirements will continue to be reinforced in awareness sessions and followed by inspections and inspections of hotels associated with the FIFA World Cup.”

“Qatar is fully aware of FIFA’s expectations and obligations regarding human rights, equality, and non-discrimination. Qatar is committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy the tournament in a safe and welcoming environment, build bridges of cultural understanding, and create an inclusive experience for all participants and the local community, including the LGBTQI+ community. ”

ON THURSDAY, the SC said that Qatar was a “conservative country” but “committed to providing an inclusive FIFA World Cup experience that is welcome, secure, and accessible to all.” The three hotels mentioned in the report are Windham Grand Regency Doha, The Torch Doha, and Magnum Hotel & Suites West.

“While observing and respecting Qatari law, the Windham Grand Regency Doha does not discriminate against guests of any background and seeks to provide maximum guest satisfaction, which is possible only through fair and equal treatment of all,” the hotel told Reuters. When asked about their policy for gay couples, Torch SC mentioned in the statement, while Magnum Hotels & Suites did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

FIFA, the world governing body for football, has issued a warning to hotels, as recommended on its official website. FIFA has said that if it does not welcome guests from the LGBT community in a “non-discriminatory manner,” it will face cancellation of the agreement.

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Since receiving the report, FIFA has contacted the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) and “ensure that the hotels above will again be made aware of our strict requirements for welcoming guests without discrimination.” .

“Hotels and any other service providers associated with the FIFA World Cup, who fail to meet the high standards set by the organizers, will have their contracts terminated.

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