BETH MEAD shared her dismay on the World Cup being held in Qatar following fierce criticism of the countryâs anti-homosexuality laws.
The Euros Golden Boot winner said it is âdisappointingâ that the contest which starts later was being hosted in the Gulf state.
Controversy regarding Qatar’s laws against homosexuality has dogged the build-up to this yearâs tournament, in which Gareth Taylorâs England side will compete.
Same-sex relationships remain illegal in the state and homosexuality can be punishable by death.
The decision to host one of the worldâs biggest sports events in the country has been met with anger from campaigners within the LGBTQ community.
And Mead, whose partner is Arsenal team-mate Vivianne Miedema, is among a number of high-profile sports figures who have raised concerns about human rights in Qatar.
The Gunners forward, who helped England win the Euros in July said: “From the minute it was announced, I thought it’s not the best idea.
Â “The way they think is the complete opposite of what I believe and respect.
“Although I will be cheering for the boys who are going to play football, I still don’t think it’s the right place, but unfortunately money talks.
“It’s not something that I will be back in our promoting at all but unfortunately, it is going ahead.
“It’s just disappointing I guess in the sense of there’s no respect on a lot of levels even though it’s a game of football.”
In October England skipper Harry Kane revealed he would be wearing a OneLove campaign armband even if it is not ordered by Fifa.
The armbands are being worn by the Three Lions striker and nine other European country captains who are backing a season-long campaign against discrimination.
Elsewhere 16 players from Australiaâs menâs team – including Socceroos captain Mat Ryan -collectively spoke out on Qatarâs human rights in a video released last month.
Among the issues they raised were concerns over issues faced by migrant workers in the country.
On the challenges that have faced workers who helped construct stadiums, Mead added: âThe situation with the stadiums being built and the number of people that have passed because of that – it’s not ideal.â
In June, it was reported Qatarâs World Cup bosses said gay fans will not be mistreated when they visit the country. Â
However, activist Peter Tatchell, 70, was âarrested and detained on a kerbsideâ while staging a protest in the countryâs capital Doha, although its government denied this occurred.
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