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Lineker says he knows two gay Premier League stars and hopes they will come out in Qatar

Gary Lineker claimed that he knew two gay Premier League footballers. He said it would be “amazing,” if they decided to come out during Qatar World Cup. This is to send a strong message of support to Qatar, where homosexuality continues to be a crime.

Former England striker and TV presenter, the former England striker, said to the Daily Mirror that the players were “very close” before they came out.

“It would have been great if a few of them could come out during the World Cup.” He said it would be “amazing.”

“I know that some of them have been very close, and I’ve thought about it.” There are a couple that I know. However, it is not my place to identify them.


The tournament will be held in Qatar, a country where same-sex activity is punished by seven years imprisonment or death by stoning in accordance with Sharia law.

On Thursday, Qatar’s World Cup chief Nasser al Khater tried to assure LGBTQ+ fans that they would be welcome at the tournament

Qatar has not yet responded to the concerns of visitors by changing anti-LGBTQ+ laws, but he insists that no one will be discriminated against during this tournament and that gay supporters will be permitted to hold hands.

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Al Khater stated, “All that we ask is that people respect the culture.”

“At the end, as long you don’t harm other people or destroy public property, and as long you behave in a manner that’s not harmful to others, everyone’s fine. There’s nothing you need to worry about.”

While Mr Al Khater stated that fans can display rainbow flags at the FIFA World Cup, he added that “it’s a FIFA Matter” whether Harry Kane (the England captain) and Gareth Bale (the Welsh counterpart) are allowed to wear armbands multicoloured “One Love,” which highlight discrimination.

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Gay world Cup fans “can hold hands”

Lineker’s remarks come after he was found guilty of violating BBC impartiality rules by making a comment about the Conservative Party having Russian donor.

Match of the Day’s presenter shared an article on Liz Truss, the then foreign secretary, asking Premier League teams not to attend the Champions League final in Russia.

Former footballer claimed that his tweet was inspired by an article about football and was meant to be a comment on the sport, not politics.

The BBC stated that it had accepted a complaint from a reader about his tweet on 23 February and that the matter has been reported to BBC Sport. Lineker will also be involved in the discussion.


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