FIFA warns Qatar 2022 hotels against discrimination against LGBT people | World Cup 2022

FIFA said hotels on its official list of recommended accommodation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are required to welcome guests in a “non-discriminatory manner” or face termination of contracts.

A Scandinavian media survey showed that three of 69 hotels on FIFA’s official list of recommended stays would bar entry to same-sex couples. Another 20 hotels said they would accommodate them as long as they did not publicly identify themselves as gay, and 33 hotels had no problem booking same-sex couples.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, which will host the World Cup from November 21 to December 18. FIFA said that since learning of the report, it has been in contact with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and will “ensure that said hotels are again informed of our stringent requirements regarding welcoming guests in a non-discriminatory manner.”

Contracts for hotels and any other service provider associated with the FIFA World Cup, not meeting the high standards set by the organizers, will be terminated.

Moreover, the mentioned requirements will continue to be reinforced in awareness sessions and then monitored and evaluated through audits and inspections of hotels associated with the FIFA World Cup.

Qatar is fully aware of its responsibility to comply with FIFA’s expectations and requirements regarding human rights, equality and non-discrimination. The State of Qatar is committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy the tournament in a safe and welcoming environment, building bridges of cultural understanding and creating an inclusive experience for all participants, attendees and communities, including the LGBTQI+ community.”

The Supreme Committee said on Thursday that Qatar was a “conservative country” but “committed to providing an inclusive football World Cup experience that is welcoming, safe and accessible to all”. Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, The Torch Doha, and Magnum West Bay Hotel & Suites were the three hotels mentioned in the report.

The hotel said: “With due regard to the law of Qatar, the Wyndham Grand Regency Doha in no way discriminates against guests of any background and aspires to achieve the highest level of guest satisfaction, which will only be possible by treating everyone fairly and equally.” Reuters. The Torch referred to the SC’s statement when asked about its policy on same-sex couples, while Magnum Hotel & Suites did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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