25th March 2014
Campaigns demand FIFA bans Russia from hosting 2018 World Cup due to anti-gay law 6
3:01 PM — Campaigns in the UK and US featuring petitions with signatures from 60 countries are demanding that FIFA should relocate the 2018 World Cup from Russia.
9th January 2014
NBA star John Amaechi: Football will always be ‘toxic’ towards gay players with Sepp Blatter in charge 5
1:35 PM — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is presiding over a 'toxic' atmosphere in football when it comes to gay players, says retired basketball star John Amaechi.
8th October 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘FIFA has no option but to cancel Qatar World Cup’ over tests to ‘detect’ gays 12
4:01 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on FIFA to cancel the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as it was revealed that Gulf Cooperative Countries introduced new rules to "detect" and ban gay people from entering the country.
9th September 2013
FIFA to urge Qatar to relax anti-gay legislation ahead of 2022 World Cup 26
6:19 PM — The international football governing body FIFA's taskforce is to put pressure on Qatar to relax its anti-gay legislation ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup.
14th August 2013
Peter Tatchell: What is it with football and homophobia? 24
2:05 PM — With the imminent return of the UK football Premier League season, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell asks if we are any closer to witnessing the arrival of another openly gay British professional footballer.
13th August 2013
Russian World Cup chief defends country’s anti-gay laws 46
12:43 PM — Russia's World Cup chief Alexey Sorokin has defended the country's homophobic censorship law.
2nd June 2013
FIFA President: Criminalising homosexuality is a ‘moral’ issue 42
5:53 PM — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has sparked anger by dismissing a question on the logistics of Qatar, a country in which homosexuality is illegal, hosting the World Cup.
1st May 2013
Sky Sports News host accidentally calls FIFA President Sepp Blatter ‘queer’ 11
1:25 PM — A Sky Sports News presenter was left embarrassed when he accidentally referred to FIFA President Sepp Blatter as “queer”.
18th March 2013
50,000 sign online anti-homophobia in football petition following Nigerian coach’s anti-gay remarks
1:14 PM — Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition that calls on FIFA to take action against homophobia in football following the recent comments of a Nigerian women’s football coach.
7th March 2013
FIFA investigates claims that lesbians have been banned from playing professional football in Nigeria 9
2:15 PM — Following the comments of the chair of the Nigeria Women Football League, FIFA has written to the Nigerian Football Association over reports that lesbians have been banned from football in the west African country.
6th December 2010
Gay football group to boycott 2022 Qatar World Cup 10
5:42 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network says it will boycott all activities related to the 2022 World Cup because host country Qatar is homophobic.
3rd December 2010
Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24
2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.