14 December 2010
World Cup Controversy Continues: Homosexuality In Qatar
On Monday, Blatter told reporters at the post-World Cup 2010 meeting in South Africa that homosexual soccer fans traveling to Qatar for the World Cup in 2022 "should refrain from any sexual activities" while in the Middle Eastern country, where homosexuality is illegal.
Many gay rights groups from around the world have released statements demanding an apology from Blatter and FIFA. John Amaechi, a gay, former NBA player from Britain, has commented saying that "FIFA has endorsed the marginalization of LGBT people around the world."
What a horrible, horrible choice by Blatter to say such a dumb, dumb thing. I realize that he was asked about "cultural differences" that would cause an issue in Qatar and he responded accordingly, but certainly he's been trained not to say things like that. For one thing, we have no idea what the political situation will be like in Qatar in twelve years, so theres no need to go and make a comment about it when its such a hotly discussed issue currently.
What do you think? Do you think an apology should be made by Blatter and FIFA? Or are people overreacting?