Why Did Morocco Not Disclose That It Criminalizes Homosexuality In Their World Cup Bid?

Under Article 489 of the Moroccan penal code, sexual activity between people of the same sex is punishable by up to three years in prison.

They left this out of their bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Oopsie? FIFA recently revised their bidding rules, and a large portion of this was about inclusion and safety for diverse fans and players. So this omission may have been in hopes at an attempt to bypass these requirements.

A member of the bid’s human rights board claims the law against homosexuality is a not an issue at all.

“Organizing a World Cup is mainly about infrastructure, being passionate about football, and the ability to organize a safe World Cup,” Jamal El Amrani of the Junior Chamber International Morocco told the AP. “We have our laws and we have our values and maybe FIFA also ha[s] theirs… We may have some differences, but we just need to have the ability to respect the differences and to be tolerant.”

Whatever. Maybe the games will get to play in the fancy new stadium in Atlanta instead?

The host country for the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be voted on by all member nations on June 13th.

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