Australian footballer Josh Cavallo admits he is ‘scared’ to play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after coming out as the world’s only openly gay player.
Adelaide United left-back Josh Cavallo, who came out as gay last month, has revealed his fear of playing at the World Cup in Qatar.
Adelaide Josh Cavallo became the only known current top-flight football player in the world to come out as gay in October.
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‘I read something along the lines of that [they] give the death penalty for gay people in Qatar, so it’s something I’m very scared [of] and wouldn’t really want to go to Qatar for that,’ he told the Guardian’s Today in Focus podcast.
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‘And that saddens me. At the end of the day, the World Cup is in Qatar and one of the greatest achievements as a professional footballer is to play for your country and to know that this is in a country that doesn’t support gay people and puts us at risk of our own life, that does scare me and makes me re-evaluate – is my life more important than doing something really good in my career?’Information Guide Nigeria
‘It’s absurd that coming out is a brave thing to do in football,’ the former Tottenham and Barcelona star tweeted. ‘It is though, and I’m full of admiration for Josh for treading a path hopefully many others will follow.JAMB Result
‘I’m sure the overwhelming majority of football lovers will support him and erase the fear others may have.’