Monsieur Salut didn’t get as worked up as some about the World Cup venue votes. Cries of foul play? Last-minute manipulation? Prize snatched from under the expectant winner’s nose. Er, no, that was London beating Paris to the 2012 Olympics. But other issues have arisen, so stand by for some straight(ish) talking from Birflatt Boy …
A couple of weeks after the ridiculous announcement that the 2022 World Cup would be held in a country that currently has three suitable stadiums, and where the temperatures during the tournament will be so high that you could cook bacon and eggs on the roof of your car, there is now furore surrounding comments from the Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
Herr Blatter is no shrinking violet when it comes to media scrutiny, but he has recently apologised for suggesting that gay fans “should refrain from sexual activity” if they go to the Qatar World Cup.
I’m still trying to understand what he’s apologising for. Is he apologising for awarding the tournament to a country where fans of a particular sexual orientation will be discriminated against? Surely, he must because his more recent comments seem like good sense to me, even if this dreadful situation could have been avoided by selecting a nation as host which is more understanding of people’s sexual predilection, let alone a decent national side, few stadiums worth playing in, and somewhere that doesn’t boil your bollocks off to boot!
If Herr Blatter is apologising for his more recent comments urging celibacy amongst gay fans visiting the tournament, surely there is nothing for him to apologise for as this would seem like good sense, to abide by the laws of the country you are visiting.
If Fifa’s selection criteria are compatible with this type of legislation the surely he there’s no reason to apologise for suggesting that visitors obey them.
It would be interesting to hear Mr Blatter explain the whole series of unfortunate events rather than offer an general apology which has left me (and I’m sure many others) completely baffled. He now says that he thinks there “will be no problems”. Really? He’s an incurable optimist is Mr Blatter. I’ll give him that much.
I’m confused why his comments have outraged gay rights groups, as I’d have thought that the greatest offence would be caused by the choice of hosts, and not by his rather clumsy advice on how gay people might stay out of trouble!
Every decision that Blatter is involved with seems to cause further problems and stir even more controversy.
He says: “We open everything to everybody and I think there shall not be any discrimination against any human beings be it on this side or that side, be it left, right or whatever.
“If they (gay people that is) want to watch a match somewhere in Qatar 2022, I’m sure they will be admitted to such matches.”
Are we to assume that fans attending matches will be given some kind of sexual orientation test at the turnstiles?
Will they be frisked by security officials and subject to a body “search” as they are presented with a life size poster of some scantily clad, half naked babe?
Presumably failure to produce the appropriate physiological response will result in ticket confiscation. I have an image of Matt Lucas being smuggled into the ground and shouting: “I’m the only gay in this stadium!”