The government of Qatar government has outlawed players and fans from engaging in sex outside of marriage in the forthcoming 2022 World Cup, with offenders to be sentenced to seven years in prison.
Also, public drinking, partying, and other social events would not be allowed during the tournament in the country.
According to the Daily Star, Qatar plans to enforce the ban and not exclude foreign players and fans who would be in the country throughout the tournament.
A police source stated: “Sex is very much off the menu unless you are coming as a husband and wife team. There definitely will 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 sex ban in place at this year’s World Cup for the first time ever. Fans need to be prepared,” a police source added was quoted as stating.
Apart from a law against public drinking in public and sex between unmarried people, Qatar prohibits anyone from being publicly intoxicated.
Also, public display of love between men and women, even if married, is a crime, and no one should be caught wearing revealing clothing in public.
A source said: “With very strict and scary consequences if you are caught. There is a feeling this could be a very bad tournament indeed for fans.”
Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani released a statement ahead of the tournament recently, saying: “We don’t prevent anyone from coming to Doha with different backgrounds, different beliefs, Qatar is a very welcoming country.
“We have millions of people who come to visit our country and the World Cup is a great opportunity for people from different parts of the world to come and discover our culture.”
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