Any extramarital sexual encounter that takes place in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup could result in a seven-year jail sentence.
It is the first time that a World Cup has been held in a Gulf state, which means there are some cultural differences that many spectators may struggle to adapt to.
Qatar’s Supreme Committee said in a statement that “Qatar is a conservative country and public displays of affection are frowned upon regardless of sexual orientation”.
The Daily Star now reports that there is growing concern from UK law enforcement about the possibility of British fans facing stiff penalties for doing things that they would not think twice about.
“Sex is very much off the menu, unless you are coming as a husband and wife team,” a police source told the Daily Star.
“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.”
Concern for LGTBIQ+ visitors to Qatar
Nasser Al-Khater, chairman of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organising committee, has said that all World Cup attendees will be safe regardless of their sexual orientation or culture.
In December 2021 Al-Khater did confirm that “homosexuality is not allowed” in the emirate, but promises that LGTBIQ+ fans will have the right to travel to the country and attend matches.
“Qatar and the region are a lot more conservative,” Al-Khater told CNN.
“And this is what we ask fans to respect. And we’re sure that fans will respect that.
“We respect different cultures and we expect other cultures to respect ours.
“Qatar is a tolerant country. It’s a welcoming country. It’s a hospitable country.”