Did Qatar release guidelines for FIFA world cup 2022?

An infographic has been released allegedly by the Qatar government on how to behave during the world cup.

By Md Mahfooz Alam  Published on  8 Oct 2022 12:21 PM GMT
Did Qatar release guidelines for FIFA world cup 2022?

Hyderabad: Qatar is going to host the FIFA world cup 2022 at the end of this year. Against this backdrop, an infographic has been released allegedly by the Qatar government on how to behave during the world cup.

The infographic in Arabic and English asks those visiting Qatar for the world cup to "reflect your respect to the religion and culture of Qatari people by avoiding these behaviours" that include drinking alcohol, homosexuality, immodesty, profanity, not respecting places of worship, loud music and sounds, dating, and taking people's pictures without their permission.

A Twitter user shared the poster and wrote, "Qatar should not be hosting the World Cup."


Click here to see the post.

The poster is being shared on Facebook too. (Click here and here to see them.)

Fact Check

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search of the infographic and found that it was posted by a Twitter user @RYRQatar with the hashtag #Reflect_Your_Respect. The Twitter bio mentions that they "contribute to the consolidation of Islamic values which supports the Qatari identity."

We ran a keyword search and found that "Reflect Your Respect" is a campaign launched by a group of Qatari women in 2014, who wanted to protect the country's social values by "promoting modesty in all public places and preventing immoral behaviour," according to local daily Al Sharq.

Further, the official Twitter handle of Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, in a tweet, clarified that they did not issue the graphic circulating on social media and said it contains "factually incorrect information."

It also said, "Tournament organisers have been clear since the outset that everyone is welcome to visit Qatar and enjoy the FIFA World Cup 2022. Qatar has always been an open, tolerant and welcoming nation. International fans and visitors during the FIFA World Cup will get to experience this first-hand."

It is evident that the infographic doing the rounds on social media has been created by the "Reflect Your Respect" campaign women group of Qatar and was not issued officially by the Qatar government.

Claim Review:Qatar government released guidelines for visitors and fans of the FIFA world cup 2022 banning drinking alcohol, homosexuality, immodesty, profanity, not respecting places of worship, loud music and sounds, dating, and taking people’s pictures without their permission.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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