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Hotels on the official list of recommended accommodation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are required to accommodate guests in a “non-discriminatory” manner or face termination of contracts, Fifa has said.

A Scandinavian media investigation showed that three of the 69 hotels on the official Fifa recommended accommodation list will refuse entry to same-sex couples. Twenty other hotels said they would accommodate them as long as they did not publicly show they were gay, and 33 hotels had no problem booking same-sex couples.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, which will host the World Cup from November 21 to December 18. Fifa said that since being made aware of the report, it had been in contact with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) and “will ensure that the hotels mentioned are again informed of our stringent customer service requirements”. in a non-discriminatory manner.

“Hotels, as well as any other service providers associated with the FIFA World Cup, who fail to meet the high standards set by the organizers will have their contracts terminated.

“In addition to this, said requirements will continue to be reinforced through awareness sessions and then monitored and evaluated through audits and inspections of hotels related to the FIFA World Cup.

“Qatar is fully aware of its responsibility to adhere to Fifa’s expectations and requirements of human rights, equality and non-discrimination. Qatar is committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy the tournament in a safe and welcoming environment, to build bridges of cultural understanding and to create an inclusive experience for all participants, participants and local communities, including the LGBTQI+ community.

CS said on Thursday that Qatar was a “conservative country” but was “committed to providing an inclusive FIFA World Cup experience that is welcoming, safe and accessible to all”. Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, The Torch Doha and Magnum Hotel & Suites Westbay are the three hotels mentioned in the report.

“While observing and respecting Qatari law, Wyndham Grand Regency Doha does not discriminate against guests of all backgrounds and aspires to provide the utmost guest satisfaction, which will only be possible by treating everyone in a fair and equitable manner,” the hotel said. Reuters. The Torch referenced SC’s statement when asked about its policy for same-sex couples, while Magnum Hotel & Suites did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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