Labor prepares to boycott Qatar World Cup


abour has said it will boycott the World Cup in Qatar, citing its treatment of construction workers and the criminalization of same-sex relationships.

Off the football field, human rights groups have been scrutinizing the treatment of local workers in Qatar ahead of the international tournament, while also raising concerns about the welcome LGBT fans there will receive to the competition.

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The organizers of the World Cup in Qatar have emphasized that all supporters are welcome in the country, but public displays of affection, even between heterosexual couples, are not part of the local culture.

England and Wales have both qualified for the tournament and will play each other in Group B.

Lucy Powell, Labor shadow culture secretary, said: “Of course I am looking forward to the World Cup and I will be cheering for England.

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“But we cannot take our eyes off the problems in Qatar.

“Dozens of construction workers have died organizing this tournament.

“And LGBT fans from England and Wales must accept the tournament being played in a country where their sexuality is illegal.

“I’m excited to be cheering on the England team from my sitting room and from my local pub.”

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