Monday, 14 November 2022
By Tom Mountford
In under a week, Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. As English and Welsh football fans prepare to travel to Qatar to support their team, the UK Government is failing to give LGBT+ fans clear advice whether it is safe for them to travel to Qatar. The Government’s mixed messages leave LGBT+ football fans at risk and may expose the Government to legal liability.
This article discusses various advice that the UK Government has published or given LGBT+ fans about their safety in travelling to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and considers how the advice given may give rise to liability on the part of the UK Government.
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Tom is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers. He is ranked as a leading junior in the fields of sports law, international human rights, commercial litigation and employment law in the latest editions of the independent directories Chambers UK and Legal 500. He has extensive experience of a broad range of sporting disputes, including civil and commercial litigation concerning sports regulation, agency and commercial disputes, competition law in sport, the vicarious liability of sporting bodies and anti-doping and disciplinary proceedings before sports governing bodies and anti-doping panels. He has particular expertise in sports ethics disputes. Tom regularly gives talks on topics of current interest in the field of sports law. He is a contributor to the Blackstone Chambers Sports Law Blog.
Tom previously served as the Legal Secretary to the Ethics Commission of World Athletics (IAAF), he acted in the successful challenge in the European Court of Human Rights to the criminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Cyprus (leading to legislative repeal) and is a member of the Litigation Committee of the Human Dignity Trust (a legal organisation seeking the decriminalisation of LGBT people globally).