England fans have been told that if they indulge in sex outside of marriage during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, they might face up to seven years in prison.
The tournament begins on November 21st, and FIFA has issued a warning to fans to be on their best behavior.
‘No exceptions will be made and law enforcement in the UK are worried about supporters facing penalties for ‘doing everyday things accepted after games’.
“Sex is very much off the table, unless you are going as a husband and wife combination,” a police source told the Daily Star.
“There definitely will be no one-night stands at this tournament. There will be no partying at all really. Everyone needs to keep their heads about them, unless they want to risk being stuck in prison.”
“There is essentially a sex ban in place at this year’s World Cup for the first time ever. Fans need to be prepared.”
According to GOV.UK, having sex outside of marriage is prohibited in Qatar, and if convicted, you might face a seven-year prison sentence.
Even if this is reduced to one year, it is still a serious penalty. Any public closeness can also result in an arrest. Homosexuality is likewise banned in Qatar, with a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
Many have expressed reservations about the World Cup being staged in Qatar, and FIFA has reacted by declaring that “all are welcome” when the tournament begins in five months.
The source went on to say: “The drink and party culture after games, which is the norm in most places, is strictly prohibited.
“With very strict and scary consequences if you are caught. There is a feeling this could be a very bad tournament indeed for fans.”
The CEO of this winter’s competition, Nasser Al-Khater, confessed that ‘public shows of affection’ are frowned upon in Qatar.
“The safety and security of every single fan is of the utmost importance to us,” he begun.”But public displays of affection are frowned upon, it’s not part of our culture – and that goes across the board to everybody.”
It was claimed earlier this month that supporters attempting to sneak narcotics into Qatar might face the death sentence.
People who smuggle drugs into the kingdom risk 20 years in jail and a fine of between 100,000 (£21,349) and 300,000 riyals (£64,047), according to Law No. 9 of 1987 on Control and Regulation of Narcotic Drugs and Dangerous Psychotropic Substances.
Repeat offenders may face the death penalty or life in prison.