Donald Trump Jr. hit the United States on Thursday and defended Qatar, the host city of the World Cup, stating that “the West has ceded moral superiority.”
Qatar has been a controversial choice to host the World Cup as the country has been accused of several civil and human rights violations, including allegations of harassment of the LGBTQ community.
The Middle Eastern country has also imposed restrictions on media coverage that make it difficult to investigate the treatment of women, LGBTQ citizens and migrant workers in the country. The ban on alcohol in stadiums has also sparked complaints from many football fans.
On Thursday, Trump Jr. tweeted that the US has no right to criticize such restrictions.
“After turning a blind eye to the pedophilia and s*xualization of our children, as well as forcing people to vaccinate against their will and with serious consequences, etc., the West has really given way to the moral basis for the bullsh*t that Qatar is imposing their beliefs on the World Cup” Trump Jr. tweeted.
Homos*xuality in Qatar is illegal and is punishable by up to three years in prison. FIFA, the international football governing body, and the government of Qatar have continued to ensure that anti-LGBTQ legislation will not affect the inclusiveness of the World Cup.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has repeatedly emphasized that the tournament will be a safe environment for all, stating in October, “Everyone will be welcome at the tournament, regardless of background, background, religion, gender, s*xual orientation or nationality.”
Liz Ward, program director of LGBTQ rights group Stonewall, said Newsweek in the coverage before the tournament “Unfortunately, this year’s tournament is not safe for everyone.”
This week, fans wearing LGBTQ-themed hats to cheer for Wales in a cup match claimed they were contacted by security and asked to remove them.
Qatar’s alcohol ban has been questioned, given that beer is one of the main drinks typically served during a football match. The conservative Muslim nation restricted the sale of alcohol at matches, complicating Budweiser’s sponsorship of the World Cup.
There are supposedly fan zones that sell alcohol elsewhere. the source said last week Newsweek that “these fan zones will serve alcohol as well as hotels and bars/clubs in these hotels.
“You can’t consume alcohol on the street, just like in many (most) US states. People should expect to be able to drink if they want, but not in or near stadiums. I think that makes it a more family-friendly event.”
Newsweek asked FIFA for comment.
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