Liverpool assured LGBT fans welcome at Club World Cup in Qatar

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Liverpool's chief executive said the English football club was given assurances by Qatari authorities that their LGBT supporters will be welcome in the conservative Gulf state for next month's FIFA Club World Cup.

Qatari officials met with Liverpool supporter groups - including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group "Kop Outs!" - to discuss their concerns about attending the tournament that runs from December 11-21.

As in a number of Muslim-majority countries, homosexual acts are strictly prohibited in Qatar but the law around transgender people is unclear. 

"We have received assurances that our LGBT supporters will be welcome in Qatar, something that was vitally important to us as a club, given our long-standing commitment to both diversity and equality," Peter Moore told the club's website in an interview on Monday.

The Club World Cup, which features the winners of each continent's club competitions, will serve as a trial event as Qatar prepares to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. 

Nasser al-Khater, chief executive of Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising committee, has previously said fans of all gender orientation would be welcome in the country, which is governed by Islamic-based legal codes.

Moore said Liverpool, which as European champions will feature in the December 18 semifinal in Doha, held talks on a number of issues.


"We have sought and received information on match tickets, hotel provisions, stadium readiness, safety issues, cultural matters and a whole host of other issues. No stone has been left unturned," he said.

Source: aljazeera