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English gay footballer slams FIFA on selecting Russia, Qatar for World Cups

Monday, February 10, 2014
Casey Stoney

Casey Stoney

LONDON — A leading figure within the English Football Association says she won’t go to the World Cups in Qatar and Russia because of their anti-gay laws.

Casey Stoney, the England women’s team captain, says FIFA has set the wrong example by awarding its showpiece men’s events to those countries.

Stoney, who is gay, told the BBC: “I won’t be going to Russia or Qatar to watch a World Cup because I wouldn’t be accepted there.”

Russia, which is currently hosting the Winter Olympics in Sochi ahead of the 2018 World Cup, has come under fire for a law banning homosexual “propaganda” aimed at minors. In 2022 World Cup host Qatar, homosexual acts are illegal.

Casey says it is “incredible that these countries get World Cups and Olympics.”

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Of all the places to go. Jerks

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 5:58pm
  2. Ikr!!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 5:59pm
  3. Why not North Korea next?

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:03pm
  4. *soccer

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:04pm
  5. Stupid.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:06pm
  6. These Anti-Homosexuality laws are very primitive. FUCKING idiots.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:09pm
  7. Awesome that she is standing up for what she believes in!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:13pm
  8. Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:14pm
  9. Bella!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:17pm
  10. Good for her! They should all do that!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:20pm
  11. and I cant believe Russia is hosting the winter Olympics, the summer Olympics AND the World Cup!!! What the HECK!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:20pm
  12. and no Israeli team no jewish players

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:39pm