Anti-Gay Law Threatens Morocco World Cup Bid

A review of Morocco’s 2026 FIFATM World Cup bid documents carried out by Associated Press indicates that the bid did not adequately disclose or address the now fundamental human rights issue of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Simply put, amendments to FIFA Statutes (since 2013) now include sexual orientation as one of the grounds upon which discrimination is “strictly prohibited”. In Morocco (like Nigeria) homosexuality is a criminal offence and pro-LGBT activists argue against the hosting of international sporting events in such countries, where LGBT people could be discriminated against, if not prosecuted. The arguments still rage ahead[…]

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Understanding FIFA’s ‘No Court’ Rule

The ‘Giwa vs. Pinnick’ battle for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Presidency has resumed and resurrecting with it is an order of the Federal High Court, Jos Division, which set aside the NFF election of 30th September, 2014 that brought the Amaju Pinnick-led board into office. On 11th April, 2016, FIFA issued a letter to Mr. Pinnick – whom it recognizes as the President of the NFF – warning that the implementation of the court decision “would likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF” (contrary to FIFA regulations), as a result of which sanctions[…]

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Russia, Racism and 2018 Hosting Rights

The anti-racism campaign was rocked recently when fans of Russian club, Locomotiv Moscow acted in what was widely regarded as a racist manner. At a match, played shortly after Nigeria’s Peter Odemwingie was sold to West Brom of England, the Locomotiv fans displayed a large banner on which was inscribed the words “Thanks West Brom”; but the striking effect was the picture of a banana in the middle of the banner. The innuendo pointed firmly to the racist reference to a blacks. The player involved expressed his displeasure and reiterated that black players in the Russian league were often exposed[…]

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