World Cup in Qatar: authorities ban sex outside marriage

Published on June 22, 2022 at 3:17 p.m.

World Cup in Qatar: authorities ban sex outside marriage – © Dmytro Aksonov / iStock

Sexual relations for unmarried couples and the consumption of alcohol will be prohibited during the football competition, for supporters and players alike.

Draconian measures to say the least. During the FIFA World Cup – which will take place from November 21 to December 18 in Qatar – it is forbidden to have sex, except for married couples. Such an act will be punishable by seven years in prison. This sanction is valid for the supporters as well as for the players of the tournament.

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“Sex is really not on the agenda unless you come as husband and wife. There will definitely be no one-night stands,” a law enforcement source told the British tabloid. Daily Star. For the Qatari authorities, “everyone must keep a cool head, unless you want to risk ending up stuck in prison. »

“We want people to respect our culture”

At the end of May, the Emir of Qatar had assured that, during the world, “everyone would be welcome in Doha”. “We welcome everyone but we wait and we also want people to respect our culture,” he tempered. Sex outside marriage is illegal in this Gulf country.

No sex, no alcohol. “The culture of drinking and partying after matches is strictly prohibited,” reports the Daily Star. In Qatar, drinking and being intoxicated in public are offenses punishable by law that can carry a sentence of six months in prison.

British tabloids report the unease of England’s law enforcement agencies over the possibility that their supporters could face stiff penalties for “doing accepted everyday things during and after matches”. For the moment, nothing has been announced about the control system that will be put in place in Qatar.

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