Mohamed Aboutrika, ex-Egyptian footballer does a homophobic rant on Qatari Network, beIN!
In the 21st century when many countries are trying to accommodate gay people in the public domain, it was rather sad that an educated ex-footballer from Egypt, Mohamed Aboutrika spoke against homosexuality on Qatari Network beIN. He went on a homophobic rant and to add on the network has not condemned his statements.
Mohamed Aboutrika and his homophobic rant
The ex-football player from Egypt, Mohamed Aboutrika was on the show of Qatari Network beIN. He was asked about the UK Premier League’s Rainbow Laces campaign that started on the 27th November 2021 weekend. This campaign is in collaboration with Stonewall and its main aim is to increase the acceptance of LGBTQ+ people into football.
But unexpectedly, Mohamed went on to talk against homosexuality. He went on to mix religion with it and made it more complex. He said:
“This phenomenon is not only against Muslim nature but its against human nature. Allah says in the Quran that we have to honor the children of Adam but by doing this homosexuality we are not honoring humans, we are humiliating them.”
Did Qatari Network beIN condemn these statements of Mohamed?
It has come to knowledge that Qatari Network beIN will get Mohamed Aboutrika for more of its episodes and shows. They have acknowledged that Mohamed did make these statements on a national channel but they have still put up no official statements to condemn what he said in public on their channel.
Continuing with his homophobic rant, Mohamed, 43 said that Muslim brothers have a role to play to end this homosexuality. He went on to say that homosexuality is a dangerous ideology that is only becoming nasty with time. He added:
“They will tell you it’s a human rights but its not a human right, in fact, it is against humanity.”
This homophobic person went on to advise the Network producers that they should stop showing any LGBT-related news and events on their channel.
About the homophobic incident
beIN is a popular sports channel in Middle East countries. People in countries such as the USA, France, Australia, and Hong Kong also view this channel. Mohamed made the statements in Arabic. But commentators from Bloomberg and other Middle Eastern commentators have confirmed that interpreters have correctly translated into English Mohamed’s statements and this is what he said.
Reports state that Mohamed was later scolded and sanctioned in private. But the show presenter had done little to give some pushback to the views of Mohamed.
Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and gay people could get punishments such as flogging, jail, and even execution. There is an increasing anti-gay feelings in the community. The 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP event would happen in Qatar in November and December next year. Josh Cavalho, the openly gay professional footballer had said to The Guardian’s Today:
“I read something along the lines of that [they] give the death penalty for gay people in Qatar, so its something I’m scared [of] and wouldn’t really want to go to Qatar for that.”
Due to the anti-gay stance of the nation, Amnesty International have called the games ‘Qatar’s World Cup of Shame”.