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Robbie Rogers slams FIFA’s ‘insane’ decision to host World Cups in Russia and Qatar

Robbie Rogers slams FIFA’s ‘insane’ decision to host World Cups in Russia and Qatar

Openly gay footballer Robbie Rogers has slammed FIFA for its ‘insane’ decision to stage the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

The LA Galaxy midfielder Thursday (17 December) said the decision put gay players and fans at risk if they traveled to the two countries for the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

‘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 or stoned to death. It is pretty ridiculous.

Rogers is the highest-profile gay footballer in the world and earlier this month helped Galaxy win the MLS Cup.

‘There is going to be number of gay fans that will go to watch the sport,’ he said.

‘Of course there is going to be another gay footballer there. 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 2013, Russia enacted a law banning ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors’ while gay sex is illegal in Qatar.