Al-Qaeda calls for a boycott of the competition

On the eve of the start of the competition, the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda is urging a boycott of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The terrorist organization Al-Qaeda calls for a boycott of the 2022 World Cup organized in Qatar. In a statement reported by a monitoring group, the regional branch of Al-Qaeda in Yemen accuses the Gulf countries of “working in the pay of the Crusaders to alienate the Muslims of the peninsula from their Muslim faith”.

“We urge our Muslim brothers not to follow or attend this event,” they wrote in the statement, reported by the SITE Intelligence group on Saturday.

“A pornographic campaign”

However, the terrorist organization does not make threats of attacks against the competition and does not promote violence related to it, as reported by the press agency Reuters.

Al-Qaeda accuses Qatar of carrying out a “pornographic campaign against the Mohamed Peninsula”, and accuses it of having “brought immoral people, homosexuals, sowers of corruption and atheism to the Arabian Peninsula”. According to the Yemeni branch of the terrorist organization, the event served to divert attention from “the occupation of Muslim countries”.

In recent days, World Cup organizers have responded to criticism of Qatar’s human rights record, saying everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or background, is welcome during the match. sport competition.

Jeanne Bulant BFMTV journalist

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