Women say ban on alcohol consumption in Qatar for FIFA World Cup matches makes environment safer for them in the stadium.
They say they have not encountered unpleasant incidents of call-calling, whistle-blowing, and sexism while they attended matches in the stadium. Female fans call their experience hassle-free in Qatar, reports Times UK.
They say ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol near football stadiums by Qatar has lessened the atmosphere of hostility. “I’ve got to say coming here has been a real shock to my system,” the 19-year-old told The Times. “There have been no catcalls, wolf whistles, or sexism of any kind.”
Ellie Molloson who runs the HerGameToo campaign said was initially concerned about going to Qatar reported The Times.
“I’ve got to say coming here has been a real shock to my system,” the 19-year-old told The Times. “There have been no catcalls, wolf whistles, or sexism of any kind.”
Appreciation comes amid extreme criticism of Qatar’s human rights allegations by several human rights activist groups. These groups had disapproved of the decision of FIFA to award hosting rights to Qatar.
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Many female visitors believe that this world cup in Qatar should be set as a model for football games and culture back in the UK.
“I had all these preconceived notions about what I would encounter,” said Mollison. “The reality has been nothing like that. I’ve not experienced any of the harassment I have experienced in England. I don’t know how they have achieved that but it’s an amazing environment to experience.”
Ellie’s father said, “I came out primarily to look after Ellie and frankly I needn’t have bothered.” Another football fan talking to the British newspaper said: “The atmosphere here feels less tribal. Everyone is wearing their [team] colors and there is no hassle,”