England’s gay fans advised to steer clear of the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal

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GAME PROGRESS: UK gay fans advised to stay away from Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal…

  • England’s gay groups have been told not to attend the World Cup in Qatar
  • Despite FIFA’s claims it will be safe, underground gay groups say they disagree
  • The Premier League has not started new discussions with the EFL over funding
  • Top English clubs use 200-seat planes to travel to domestic matches
  • Click here for all the latest 2022 World Cup news and updates

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The English gay fan groups have been advised by locals in Qatar to stay away from the World Cup, despite claims by FIFA and the organizing committee that it will be safe for them to visit.

The FA said this week it had been assured that gay supporters who hold hands or wave a rainbow flag will not be prosecuted as the Qatari government will introduce legislation to allow previously banned behavior for the duration of the tournament, but they are still looking for details on how the laws will be enforced in practice.

Gay fans remain concerned, however, especially after talks with members of the undercover gay community in Qatar, who have told them to stay at home.

Qatar's undercover gay community has urged English LGBTQ supporters not to come

Qatar’s undercover gay community has urged English LGBTQ supporters not to come

The message coming from Qatar is significantly different from Russia’s for the previous World Cup four years ago, when gay fans were encouraged to travel to the country in hopes of bringing about social change.

There seems to be some hesitant acceptance that this pursuit is simply impossible in Qatar and the head of Three Lions Pride, England’s largest LGBTQ+ fan group, said this week that they didn’t know a single gay fan planning to travel.

Top flight financing dispute

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has admitted to the government that the top team has yet to begin negotiations with the EFL on the so-called New Deal for Football, despite telling them in July that talks would begin next week.

Masters is frustrated in his efforts to respond to EFL calls for additional funding as his clubs argue over who should pay for it.

The EFL wants an additional £250m a year and while Premier League clubs accept they will have to cough up, discussions are stalling over who should foot the bill, with the smaller clubs wanting the Big Six to pick up the bulk of the bill .

Richard Masters confirmed the Premier League had not opened talks with the EFL

Richard Masters confirmed the Premier League had not opened talks with the EFL

Richard Masters confirmed the Premier League had not opened talks with the EFL

The Stellar Struggle of Morecambe

Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham, the under fire owners of the Worcester Warriors, who also put their League One club Morecambe up for sale earlier this month, have been in touch with some of football’s most powerful figures as they battle for their sporting empire to keep intact. last months.

Leading agency Stellar Football, whose clients include Gareth Bale, Jack Grealish and Kalvin Phillips, is alleged to have filed Worcester liquidation earlier this summer over an unpaid bill, though it has since been withdrawn after the debt was paid.

Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham put League One Morecambe up for sale this month

Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham put League One Morecambe up for sale this month

Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham put League One Morecambe up for sale this month

Club flights hit turbulence

Premier League clubs are being offered Boeing 737s for travel to away games due to a shortage of private jets due to a combination of rising fuel costs and Brexit.

Most top clubs are taking charter flights to all away games except the closest, but are having a hard time booking this season due to a lack of private jets.

Jota Aviation, which supplied planes to several clubs, was liquidated in July and several other European operators have been hit by increased costs after the UK left the EU.

As a result, clubs have been offered 737s, which can seat more than 200 people, raising concerns about the environmental impact of a largely empty plane traveling short distances.

Some Premier League clubs use 200-seat Boeing planes for their short-haul matches

Some Premier League clubs use 200-seat Boeing planes for their short-haul matches

Some Premier League clubs use 200-seat Boeing planes for their short-haul matches

All-star scheduling calendar

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s controversial proposal for a North-South All-Star game was not discussed, or even mentioned in jest, this week at a meeting of all 20 Premier League clubs in London.

Boehly attended the Premier League’s monthly shareholders’ meeting, as he has regularly done since Chelsea’s purchase in May, but he didn’t take the chance to push through the ideas he outlined at a business executive conference in New York last week. .

Boehly was the first director to leave the meeting, which was dominated by talks about increasing funding for the EFL.

Todd Boehly's unusual proposal for a North v South All-Star game was not discussed

Todd Boehly's unusual proposal for a North v South All-Star game was not discussed

Todd Boehly’s unusual proposal for a North v South All-Star game was not discussed

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