Away from the keyboard; My thoughts on Qatar 2022

Hello, good afternoon sports fans, I hope you’re well, looking after yourselves and are in good health. I apologise for being away for so long, sports fans you have been missed.

The reason for my absence has been the virus that has been going around and, unfortunately, it had affected me too. Although not 100%, I am a lot better (Alhamdulillah) than I was.

It’s relevant and necessary to say this, as sports fans, you will be getting more content for sure. So, with all that said, I want to introduce a new feature to, a feature which I call away from the keyboard.

In simple terms, I will find an issue/topic in the sporting world and speak about it. Usually, I would offer a bit more of a journalistic view in my articles, but in this article, I want to offer more of my view.

A disclaimer, I am Ayyaz Malik sports writer of, on this site, my views are mine and represent no one else’s, if my opinion and anyone else’s opinion are the same, this is a sheer coincidence.

The issue I want to talk about is the Qatar 2022 World Cup. It’s a divisive topic, to put it mildly. From their football credibility to their human rights issues, anyone and everyone have offered an opinion.

To give you an idea of the gravitas of the topic, Qatar 2022 has been discussed in parliament. So, the only thing left to do is offer my thoughts on this topic.

For anyone in the football world, media and journalism world to criticise this tournament is hypocrisy, why? A lot of these same broadcasters and presenters who are being very vocal now have had jobs with Bein sport for example.

If the football world was so upset with Qatar, then how has Bein Sports become relevant? Morals out of the window due to the big Qatari pay cheque? They can take over PSG as they have bought Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

Football is trying to be mother Teresa when it comes to Qatar and to be precise England needs to get its priorities realigned. Skipper Harry Kane wants to wear a rainbow armband to promote inclusion.

Harry, the racism Premier League footballers get still, is shocking, don’t just focus on one thing! Am I sweeping the issue of homosexuals under the carpet? No! One of the Qatari ministers made this clear about people who are gay.

He made it clear about heterosexuals and homosexuals, they can’t offer public displays of affection. That’s not killing someone, as the punishment is a jail term.

The cure is simple, if you don’t like this, then don’t enter the country. It’s an extreme measure to take, to force someone to fully adhere to your way, this is a dictatorship.

In Qatar, the minister made it clear, what people do in their own homes, is what they do in their own homes. England and other countries have human rights issues too, but of course, this won’t get covered as this isn’t the narrative.

The human rights issue is the elderly not getting cared for adequately. Please note, promotes equality and is all-inclusive, but no one should force one way onto another. When it comes to LGBTQ issues, this happens and it’s disappointing.

As long as no one is getting harmed or persecuted, then the way of life works there are rules and regulations. With Qatar 2022, the world and football world don’t think this applies.

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