Qatar: Ferrari shuts down caller over stance on LGBT laws
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Joe from Ilford branded the BBC’s decision not to air the opening ceremony of the World Cup as “toe-curling” in defence of Qatar’s laws. He said: “This toe-curling, virtue-signaling propaganda is absolutely shocking. It’s pure embarrassment. Yesterday’s opening monologue by Gary Lineker.”
Mr Ferrari interjected: “Do you think it’s right that if you happen to be gay and you were to hold hands with your boyfriend in Doha, you go to jail for seven years?”
The caller continued: “Public affection as a whole is frowned upon.
“If that’s their laws, that’s their laws. It’s about having tolerance.”
Mr Ferrari hit back: “Please. Don’t treat my listeners as idiots.
“There is no tolerance in throwing a lesbian woman or a gay man in jail for seven years because they kiss their partner or their husband or their wife.
“Please don’t lecture me about tolerance.
“This is utterly intolerant and it is a scandal of international proportions that they got to host the World Cup.”
The World Cup in Qatar has been surrounded by criticism over local laws punishing same-sex couples as well as reports of human rights violations following the death of over 6,500 labourers engaged in building infrastructure ahead of the games.
And England fans have been lamenting organisational issues with tickets, accommodation and broadcasting.
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Gary Lineker was forced apologised on-air to fans watching the England World Cup match on BBC iPlayer following a technical issue.
Viewers had reported problems with the iPlayer feed, meaning they were unable to watch part of England’s opening match.
The BBC Match Of The Day host and former England footballer, 61, made the comments during half-time of England’s World Cup opener against Iran, adding that the broadcaster were working on fixing the problem as quickly as it could.
On Twitter, BBC Sport said: “We’re aware of an issue affecting some users on BBC iPlayer. We’re trying to fix this ASAP.
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“Coverage is also available on BBC One and the BBC Sport website and app.”
It comes after supporters faced ticket problems as they attempted to enter the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha to watch the much-anticipated match.
Free Lions, the Football Supporters’ Association team that provides travel and logistical advice to fans, said on Twitter: “We’re aware of issues with some e-tickets at the stadium with FIFA’s ticketing app. The FA is working hard to find a resolution for England fans.
“If you have issues seeing your ticket on the app, join the ticketing resolution queue at the stadium, but keep checking the app.”
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