Bad news for party freaks in Qatar World Cup 2022

02 Jul 2022 | 08:08 | Football

Football fans have been warned they face up to seven years in jail if they engage in physical relationships outside of marriage at this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

The tournament kicks off on November 21st and governing body FIFA have warned supporters to be on their best behaviour.

‘No exceptions’ will be made and law enforcement in the UK are worried about people facing penalties for ‘doing everyday things accepted at and after games’.

“But public displays of affection are related upon, it’s not part of our culture – and that goes across the board to everybody.”

Nasser Al-Khater, CEO of recent winter’s competition

A police source told media: “Physical relationships are very much off the menu, unless you are coming as a husband and wife team.

“There will definitely be no one-night stands at this tournament.

“There will be no partying at all really. Everyone needs to keep their heads about them, unless they want to risk being stuck in prison.

“There is essentially a physical relationship ban in place at this year’s World Cup for the first time ever. Fans need to be prepared.”

Physical relationships outside of marriage is illegal in Qatar, per GOV.UK, and you could be jailed for up to seven years if found guilty.

That can be reduced to one year, but it is still a severe consequence.

Any public intimacy can lead to an arrest too. Homosexuality is also considered illegal in Qatar and could result in seven years in jail.

Many have questions the World Cup being held in Qatar and FIFA have responded by saying ‘all are welcome’ when it kicks off in five months time.

The source continued: “The drink and party culture after games, which is the norm in most places, is strictly prohibited.

“With very strict and scary consequences if you are caught. There is a feeling this could be a very bad tournament indeed for fans.”

Nasser Al-Khater, the CEO of this winter’s competition, recently made an admission about ‘public displays of affection’ in Qatar.

“The safety and security of every single fan is of the utmost importance to us,” he began.

“But public displays of affection are related upon, it’s not part of our culture – and that goes across the board to everybody.”

Earlier this month, it was reported that fans who attempted to smuggle drugs into Qatar could face the death penalty.

Law No. 9 of 1987 on Control and Regulation of Control and Regulation of Narcotic Drugs and Dangerous Psychotropic Substances states people who smuggle drugs into the country face 20 years in prison and a fine of between 100,000 (£21,349) and 300,000 riyals (£64,047).

Repeat offenders could be to death or life imprisonment.