Gay footballer Josh Cavallo says he will be “scared” to participate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Cavallo, who played for Adelaide United in the Australian Serie A, received wide support from football and other regions when he declared on social media that he was gay, including Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and Atletico Madrid Forward Antoine Griezmann and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson.

The 21-year-old has now expressed his concern about the World Cup to be held in Qatar next year, where homosexuality is illegal and carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

“It makes me sad to see this,” Cavallo said in an interview with the Guardian Today’s Focus Podcast. “I’ve read something similar, which sentenced gays in Qatar to death. This is something I’m very afraid of, and I really don’t want to go to Qatar for this.”

He added: “As a professional football player, one of the greatest achievements is playing for your country and knowing [the World Cup] In a country that does not support homosexuals and puts our lives at risk, this really scares me, and it makes me reassess. In my career, is my life more important than doing something really good? “

According to Lucas Ramón Mendos of the human rights organization ILGA World’s report on state-sponsored homophobia, Qatar “runs the Sharia courts, technically speaking, Muslim men may be involved in same-sex sexual behaviors. And was put to death.”

However, the report added: “No one seems to have been executed for this reason or at all.”

Nasser Al Khater, chief executive of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Organizing Committee, said in an interview with CNN’s Amanda Davies in 2017: “We No restrictions will be imposed on any nationality or any person in terms of gender, race, orientation, or religion. Participate in this World Cup.”
Cavallo renewed his contract with Adelaide United earlier this year.

In an interview with The Guardian, Cavallo reflected on the pain he suffered before deciding to talk publicly about his sexual orientation.

“No one can look up and look up to them. They are playing football, they are gay, and their careers are very successful-it makes me feel scared. I am worried that if I might come out one day, it will not affect my career. Have a bad influence?” he said.

“Only when you are alone can you truly relax, not worry or nervous […] Living in constant fear and doubt, you may be questioned, or your lies will not add up at all. This is what you play in your head over and over again. “

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Cavallo renewed his contract with Adelaide United until the end of the 2022/23 season earlier this year. He also talked about the “fantastic” reaction of his teammates after his appearance and the positive impact this had on him as a person.

“It feels great,” he said. “I can’t tell you how good it feels. Now the whole world knows it, my teammates know it, it’s not a secret, I feel unstoppable. It’s really great. This kind of freedom in my head and what I have now The headspace is super good.”


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