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13 May 2022

Max Rushden, Guardian (UK)

Fifa issues warning to Qatar 2022 hotels over LGBTQ+ discrimination

Hotels on the 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, Fifa has said.

A Scandinavian media survey showed that three of the 69 hotels on Fifa’s official list of recommended accommodation will deny entry to same-sex couples...

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar...Fifa said that, since being made aware of the report, it had been in touch with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and “will ensure that the hotels mentioned are once again made aware of our strict requirements in relation to welcoming guests in a non-discriminatory manner."

“Qatar is fully aware of its responsibility to adhere to Fifa’s expectations and requirements on human rights, equality and non-discrimination...”

“While observing and respecting the law of Qatar, Wyndham Grand Regency Doha does not in any way discriminate against guests of any background and aspires to deliver the highest guest satisfaction, which will only be possible by treating everyone fairly and equally,” the hotel told Reuters. The Torch referred to the SC statement when asked about their policy for same-sex couples, while Magnum Hotel & Suites did not respond immediately to a Reuters request for comment.