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Qatar 2022: Players, visitors could face 7-year jail term for extramarital sex

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THE Qatari government has announced a ban on extra-marital sex among fans and players who will be in the country during the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

The FIFA World Cup is a global event that sees players and fans from all over the world with different backgrounds converge in the host nation.

Since Qatar was announced as the host for the 2022 edition, there have been concerns about the country’s strict rules.


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The country has reiterated its pre-existing rules against extramarital sex will apply to players and fans visiting the country for the games.

“Sex is very much off the menu, unless you are coming as a husband and wife team,” reports the Daily Star, quoting the UK police.

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“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.”

The country also has a stringent policy on alcohol consumption in public and clamps down on people who are publicly intoxicated. Men and women are also not allowed to wear excessively revealing clothes.

Failure to adhere to this directive could lead to as many as seven years in prison.

Qatar will be hosting the 22nd FIFA World Cup competition from November 21 to December 18, 2022. This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament was held in South Korea and Japan.

This will also be the last World Cup to involve 32 teams. The 2026 edition, to be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada, will have 48 teams.


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