Several members of the Wales national soccer squad are boycotting the FIFA World Cup in Qatar this year.
They claim to be doing so because of the country’s anti-gay rights position.
In Qatar, homosexuality is prohibited and punished by death.
Because of the country’s anti-gay legislation, members of the Wales national soccer team are boycotting this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
In Qatar, being gay is illegal and punishable by death, and prejudice and violence against LGBT+ persons are commonplace.
Qatar has stated that the 2022 World Cup will be a “competition for everybody.” However, in October, it advocated the implementation of tests to ban LGBT+ people from entering the country.
The team wants to use the tournament as a “platform” to highlight human rights in Qatar, according to Noel Mooney, the head of the Football Association of Wales (FAW), who told BBC Wales that some staff members had chosen not to travel there.
“They’re not going to the tournament,” he continued, “which is completely their right.”
“The vast majority of people will go, and they will grasp our perspective that it is a platform for trying to better life there and having constructive discourse on topics like human rights and migrant labor.”
“As a result, we’re looking forward to playing a full role in that and resolving any outstanding concerns for traveling supporters.”
Wales qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 earlier this month, defeating Ukraine in a play-off.
Following the match, some members of Wales’ official LGBTQ+ supporters’ organization, the Rainbow Wall, stated that they would not travel to Qatar to support the team due to safety concerns.
The Rainbow Wall, according to Mooney, “will be front and center” of Wales’ thoughts as it prepares for the World Cup.
The Rainbow Wall praised those staff members who chose to boycott the competition in an interview with Insider.
“For us, this demonstrates true solidarity and sends a strong statement about the necessity of making the World Cup a safe environment for all,” the organization stated.
“By taking this stand, they are demonstrating their commitment to a varied and inclusive footballing environment where everyone is welcome.”
Senegal takes face the Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium on November 21, kicking off the Qatar World Cup.