A member of the Qatari Royal Family refused to acknowledge female officials with a punch during an awards ceremony at the FIFA Club World Cup.
Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani was fisted with male officials yesterday in Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win against Tigres UANL in the final of the Club World Cup in Qatar.
But when the referees Edina Alves Batista and Neuza Back approach, the sheikh seems to be insulting them – with the women following the instructions to walk past the king.
Some devout Muslims argue that Islam does not allow physical contact with anyone of the opposite sex, with the exception of certain immediate family members.
Sheikh Joaan, who jointly awarded the prizes with FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday, is the younger brother of Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and President of the Qatar Olympic Committee.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place in the controversial Gulf state. This makes it the first Muslim and Arab country in which the event takes place.
Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani was filmed yesterday in the 1-0 win of FC Bayern Munich against the Mexican Tigres UANL in the final of the Club World Cup in Qatar with male officials (picture) punching their fists
But when the referees Edina Alves Batista and Neuza Back approach, the Sheikh seems to be insulting them – with the women walking right past them and holding their medals
Sheikh Joaan, who presented the prizes together with FIFA President Gianni Infantino yesterday (see picture), is the younger brother of Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and President of the Olympic Committee of Qatar
In the footage of the award ceremony after the game, players like the Pole Robert Lewandowski and the German Joshua Kimmich collect their trophies and the punch Sheikh Joaan.
After their awards are presented, a number of masked officials, led by Referee Esteban Ostojich, approach the podium to collect their medals.
While two of the male referees clearly bump the sheikh against the hands, Ms. Batista and Ms. Back walk past him without recognition.
The male referee who follows them also does not receive a punch from the sheikh – but the last male referee does.
Oil and gas reserves make Qatar one of the richest countries in the world per capita.
While two of the male referees clearly bump the sheikh against the hands, Ms. Batista and Ms. Back walk past him without recognition
Referee Edina Alves Batista and assistant referee Neuza Back received no punch from Sheikh Joaan – but their male colleagues did
But religion and law make it appear to many Western eyes as a breeding ground for human rights violations.
As in some other countries in the region, sex outside of marriage is illegal and victims of sexual assault can be arrested, detained and prosecuted for adultery.
Homosexuality can be punished with death and any public affection is illegal. Men are more than three to one more numerous than women.
Earlier this month it was revealed that David Beckham has signed a lucrative deal to be Qatar’s media-friendly face.
Two referees do not receive punches from Qatar’s Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani (picture), but their male colleagues do
The former England soccer captain is believed to have been offered at least £ 10m as the country’s ambassador, which will play an important role in promoting the World Cup next year.
But Beckham, who announced in 2007 that it is “a great honor to have a gay icon,” risks conviction for signing a treaty with a country where homosexuality is illegal and with Sharia law Punishable by imprisonment, flogging or even death.
A strategy to announce a deal is being discussed among sources close to the deal amid concerns that Qatar’s poor image could tarnish the carefully manicured Beckham brand.
Players like the Pole Robert Lewandowski and the German Joshua Kimmich (picture) collect their trophies and punch Sheikh Joaan – before they pose for photos
Andre-Pierre Gignac of Tigres UANL receives the adidas Silver Ball trophy from the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020
In addition to allegations of human rights abuses and corruption, the state’s treatment of gay people in the Middle East has resulted in it being named the second most dangerous country for the LGBTQ + community.
Sex out of wedlock for heterosexual couples is also sentenced to seven years in prison.
However, sources say Beckham, 45, has been assured that the country is easing its policies on such issues.
David Beckham with Nasser-Al Khelaifi at a game in Qatar in 2019. But Beckham, who announced in 2007 that it is “a great honor to have the gay icon brand,” risks conviction of a deal with one Close country where homosexuality is illegal
Talks between Beckham’s advisors and the Qatari committee responsible for World Cup preparations have been going on for more than a year. After discussing options, including sponsoring his U.S. soccer team, Inter Miami, it is believed they have reached a personal deal with the star. A Qatar source said: “This is a deal that is said to be top secret. It is held still until there is a chance to land it without undermining David’s PR too much.
“Well, that’s the hope anyway. Qatar is very much in his hands. There are concerns about its reputation, but there is enough money on the table that looks aren’t that important.
“That means it will officially land at an opportunistic time.”
Another source said, “David has so many big money deals that you wonder why he would want one.”
A big problem could be responding to a deal with Qatar among the ex-footballer’s numerous high-profile gay friends, including Sir Elton John, who hosts him every summer on his yacht in southern France.
Beckham, valued at an estimated £ 360 million, is known to be a frequent visitor to the Gulf State. He ended his career in 2013 with the French team Paris Saint-Germain in Qatar.