FIFA president seeks to quell ‘anti-gay’ row
Sepp Blatter has attempted to quell the furore over allegedly homophobic comments made earlier this week.
The FIFA president caused outrage when he suggest gay fans should “refrain from sexual activity” during 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Homosexuality remains illegal in the country.
However, Blatter has now recanted on his position.
Blatter said: “It was not my intention and never will be my intention to go into any discrimination.
“If somebody feels hurt, then I regret it and present apologies.”
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Qatar was the surprise winner of the race to host the 2022 World Cup.
The Middle Eastern destination beat Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States when the 22-man FIFA executive committee voted in Zurich on December 2nd.
Russia was selected to host the 2018 competition on the same day, with both decisions proving controversial.
Qatar has faced questions about hosting the tournament during the summer months in a country where temperatures can reach 40C to 50C.
Drinking alcohol in public is also forbidden raising further concerns for football fans.
Gay groups are also worried about the acceptance of homosexual fans, and the Gay Football Supporters’ Network had called for Blatter’s resignation over his comments.