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Robbie Rogers: ‘FIFA is insane for hosting World Cup in Russia, Qatar’

Robbie Rogers: ‘FIFA is insane for hosting World Cup in Russia, Qatar’

Robbie Rogers has said the decision to give Russia and Qatar the World Cup is ‘insane’.

The world’s highest-profile openly gay footballer has said traveling to either of those two countries is a big risk for LGBTI players and fans.

‘I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it is absolutely insane,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘If you look at the next few World Cups, they are in places where, if I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up … It is pretty ridiculous.’

Rogers said FIFA, football’s governing body, should be doing more to help gay players and fans.

‘There is going to be number of gay fans that will go to watch the sport. Of course there is going to be another gay footballer there,’ Rogers said ‘I think it is an issue that needs to be spoken about and discussed with Fifa because every player should feel safe when they go to a World Cup.’

In 2010, FIFA president Sepp Blatter was forced to apologize after he said gay fans should refrain from sex if they wanted to attend the World Cup in Qatar.