Sepp Blatter Angers The World With Qatar 2022 ‘Gay’ Joke

Chris Wright

14th, December 2010


By Chris Wright

FIFA’s resident tactless Luddite Sepp Blatter has sparked a worldwide controversy by cracking an absolute corker of a quip about 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar and the fact that homosexuality is still deemed illegal in their featureless desert atoll.

When asked about gay fans travelling to the World Cup, Blatter jokingly replied: “I would say [gay fans] should refrain from any sexual activities.”

It’s the way he tells ’em.

Understandably, the Gay Football Supporters’ Network haven’t taken Blatter’s shtick in jest, widely deriding FIFA’s decision to award the tournament to such a Draconian backwater and also calling on a worldwide boycott of the 2022 tournament.

Boom boom!

(via BBC Sport)

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  1. Chris says:

    Really he should get Joey Baton to do all of his press conferences from now on!

  2. Cal-Bell says:

    So by giving the World cup to Russia & Qatar Fifa are promoting Both Racism and Homophobia within Football. Way to go Sepp.

  3. Montesquieu says:

    Maybe I’m not sensitive enough but I don’t really see anything offensive about that.

  4. Chris says:

    @Monty: It’s essentially a ‘powder keg’ issue (FIFA have chosen to give their showpiece tournament to a country which still infringes on some very basic human rights) and ol’ Sepp decided to have a bit of a joke about it.

  5. Montesquieu says:

    FIFA has always loved selecting nations with lousy human rights.

    1934 Italy (Mussolini and the fascists in power)
    1950 Brazil (Most of the population lives in poverty and the government doesn’t give a shit)
    1970 Mexico (The same political party in power until 2000; highly corrupt.)
    1978 Argentina (Fascist Junta comes in power and unleashes a wave of terrible human rights abuses. Known as the Dirty War. They were also the idiots who tried to take the Falklands. Cruyff quit international football as a sign of protest because of it)
    1982 Spain (technically, since Franco’s fascist regime was still in power when the country was selected as a World Cup Host)
    1986 Mexico (Selected as the first nation to host the tournament twice, although the hosting was marred by some seriously fucked up allegations of bribery going on).

    However, what can you expect when FIFA has been virtually run by self-imposed presidents for the last thirty six years.

  6. tapioca says:

    On the plus side, Blatter may well be pushing up daisies by 2022, given his age and girth…

  7. Miguel - NYC says:

    @ Chris – Right on!

  8. duperman dat doe says:


    1966 England (shitty xenophobic racist country)
    1994 USA (same as above)
    2002 Japan Korea (full of gooks nuff said)
    2006 Germany (neo nazi trash)

  9. Its a religion not a law that bans homosexual activity. Lets get that clear.

  10. Ted Balls says:

    “tactless Luddite” – surely the most apt description of old “Sepp” that anyone has ever made?

  11. David Allison says:

    @Shivam Manghnani – You are partly right in that it is dictated by religion. However, it is very much a law (and, as such, punishable under the Penal code) as it is part of Islamic law (or ‘Sharia law’).

    From :

    “Article 201 of the 1971 Penal Code punishes sodomy between consenting adults (irrespective of sex) with up to five years imprisonment.”

  12. United for life says:

    @shivam. Since it’s an Islamic country, it’s religious teaching heavily influences the laws that are passed there. And homosexuality is out-lawed even foreigners. Indonesian authorities have pressed charges against chinese people playing cards as it is illegal to gamble there even though it’s a private session. Islam does not allow gambling of any form

  13. Tom says:

    Since the whole selection process has been a joke, this doesn’t shock me. Hell, it’s expected at this point. I’m also glad the he declared the world as a “world of freedom”. Someone needs to give this guy a mouthpiece or a PR firm to do public appearances before he single-handedly finds a way to damage FIFA’s heavily tarnished reputation. Blatter has a doctorate in bullshit, along with a master’s degree in predicting the future plus an undergrad in sensitivity. Keep the quotes coming, you jackass.

  14. AussieSAm says:

    Obviuosly the 2022 desicion was the world biggest joke??????????

  15. Mister$ says:

    Prof football is only about money, no less, no more.
    So there will never be anything fair, world cup, european cup, champions league, Olympic games, all the national leagues…
    It is only entertainment and money.

    I have never taken seriously the Olympic game, World Cup and all the same rest, all the same bullsh%t.

    Human rights, human values and co have no place in business, and football is business like any other businesses (porn, drugs, fast food, cars, oil).

    Do not worry about the comments on gay, if they can make a lot of money on gay communities, the mafia from Quatar anf FIFA will be the first to promote the venue for the gays.

    Am I bit cynical? must be XMAS, another religious business joke.

    Merry fuck%ing xmas for everybody

  16. Anonymous says:

    What a donut!
    Have a read of Blatter and the money making factory! A really interesting/controversial view on the FIFA president…

  17. Ben says:

    Have a read of Blatter and the money making factory. A really interesting/ controversial view on the FIFA president!

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  19. Tom Jones says:

    He is giving them a good advice. If you think it was a joke you are pretty dumb.

  20. Montesquieu says:

    “duperman dat doe says:
    December 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm


    1966 England (shitty xenophobic racist country)
    1994 USA (same as above)
    2002 Japan Korea (full of gooks nuff said)
    2006 Germany (neo nazi trash)”

    You’re a fucking moron mate.

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