Harry Kane urged gay England supporters to “feel safe” at the World Cup in Qatar and not to suffer in the midst of worries for those traveling to Islamic countries.
- Homosexuality is banned in Qatar and there are concerns about the World Cup
- Some are concerned about the safety of gay fans traveling in Islamic countries
- “It’s really important that they feel safe,” said Harry Kane at the tournament
- Kane said the World Cup could not be the only “quick fix” for human rights abuses
Harry Kane has called on Qatar to ensure that gay England fans feel safe at the World Cup.
Homosexuality is banned in Qatar, raising concerns about the safety of gay fans traveling to Islamic countries for the competition, which starts on November 21.
“It’s really important that they feel safe,” the England captain said on Wednesday.
“As a nation, we want our fans to enjoy the tournament and feel free to watch the game they want.”
Kane said the World Cup would not only be a “quick fix” to human rights abuses in Qatar, but would bring about “permanent” change.
The Tottenham striker confirmed that England had overshadowed construction on human rights abuses in Qatar during a 30-minute meeting at St George’s Park on Tuesday, led by manager Gareth Southgate.
The FA is considering a number of options on how the team can take a stand, but Kane said players have yet to decide what they will do.
Harry Kane spoke about the importance of making gay fans feel safe in the World Cup in Qatar
Tottenham striker hopes gay fans can enjoy World Cup in peace
Sportsmail understands that the team will take some kind of stand before the tournament.
“We are trying to solve any problem that we are trying to solve forever,” he said.
“It’s not just a quick solution. The fact that the light is shining in Qatar will help the situation and help us to talk about it. But it is important to keep those conversations going.
‘It’s like taking a knee. This is not just for a short time. By continuing, we continue to show our support, and that has become really important.
“It will be the same in Qatar and it will be important to keep talking about this issue after the competition and to make sure that whatever we do to help or improve is not just for a few months, but for the rest of the time.”
“It’s important for us as players, not just in the camp, but in the camps ahead – to talk between us.
“I think as a group we have never shied away from important issues.”
Kane is keen to negotiate with other national captains to present a united front ahead of the tournament.
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup from November 21 to December 18
He added: ‘When you are united as a nation and you have unity and solidarity when captains or nations are all running on the same thing, you can send a message.
“I will try to do this – we have some great leaders in the Tottenham team for the national team and I know good friends like Gareth Bale (Wales) and Christian Eriksson (Denmark) and it will be my responsibility to talk about it. Try to show them more awareness.
“Look, as a leader, it’s important to talk about these things, not just the team but my club, and not just hide from it.”
Meanwhile, Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 34, has been called up to the England squad after West Brom’s Sam Johnstone fell ill.
In addition, women’s rights in Qatar are much stricter than in other parts of the world
The FA is mainly sending a women’s delegation to the draw for the World Cup in Qatar on April 1. The three-person party will include Chairman Debbie Hewitt, Chief of International Relations Jane Bateman and Chief Executive Mark Bullingham.
Louisa Fans, FA’s director of communications, will be the official observer. Manager Gareth Southgate will also be in attendance.
Sportsmail has learned that Adeline John, the FA’s director of international relations – who is currently under FA investigation amid bullying claims – is not going to Qatar.