In this blog I always talk about the Qatar Foundation and its deal with FC BARCELONA. I also mention quite oft the support of the president of Barça and of the coach for the deal. Sandro Rosell, the president, said that you live very well in Qatar and Pep Guardiola, the coach, said that in Qatar there is freedom. He also said that in Qatar there were injustices but like everywhere (That’s not true, in most countries you can be homosexual and this does not mean you are punished by prison like it happens in the dictatorship of Qatar)
Some months ago we also saw how Guardiola supported the bid of Qatar 2022. As you may know Qatar won the bid but now there are allegations that there was brivery.
On the other hand I saw that Qatar Foundation gives an award named after a radical who wants the extermination of the homosexuals. This radical also wants the submission of women and about “his love” for Israel no need to tell you …
So, I am very unhappy that the new tshirt of FC BARCELONA shows the logo of QATAR FOUNDATION on its front. Barcelona city is a place where the homosexuals we have some rights (WE DO NOT GO TO PRISON!!!) so I find outrageous that the most famous club of this tolerant city wears an ad from a place where homosexuals go to jail, there is not democracy and women have minimum rights. A club that talks and talks about its values and says that is MÉS QUE UN CLUB (more than a club) and at the same time has deals with an homophobic dictatorship seems to me a place with just money money values and no sensitivity at all for sexual minorites (or, currently, miniroties sports too …) I also must say that, as far as I know Barça, a club from Barcelona, does not make any event to fight homophobia. Anybody knows that there is a lot of homophobia in football, so that Barcelona instead of fighting it, it does the opposite: it gets deals with homophobic Qatar!
So, today, it was for me a very big surprise to read a news that does not associate Josep Guardiola with homophobic Qatar or with a foundation (Qatar Foundation) who gives awards named after a radical who loves terrorism, wants the extermination of homosexuals and wants the total submission of woman. This time Guardiola name is not in a news related to supporting deals with homophobic dictatorship of Qatar but in visiting a gay friendly democracy named Israel. It seems that he has been invited by Israel singer Noa.
I know people in Catalonia who have been very silent when it comes to the fact that Guardiola supports Qatar so much. So now I expect the same: that the fact that he is friend of Noa keeps them silent too. I say that because some months ago Noa came to Barcelona and there was a protest. As all the world knows Noa is a singer from Israel very known for trying to bring peace between Palestine people and Israel People. But in Catalonia some accused her to not be strong in condemnation against some atrocities committed some months ago in Gaza Strip by Israel after Hamas sent rockets into Israel land.
I have read that Guardiola has wanted a low profile in his visit to Israel. I do not understand why. Is he ashamed of visiting Israel? If he is not ashamed of giving so much support to an emirate that is a dictatorship, where women have few rights and where homosexuals go to jail because they are just homosexuals then I do not understand why he should be ashamed of just visiting Israel? Nobody is asking him to support a Israel Foundation or Israel 2026 World Cup. Nobody is asking him to show for Israel the same support that he has shown for the homophobic dictatorship of Qatar. He is just supposed to be in Israel as a guest of one of the people from Israel that is more known worldwide to try to bring peace beween Palestinians and Israelis. That’s something quite honouring and quite the opposite of what Guardiola has being doing until now by just supporting the wealthy dictatorship of Qatar. I am sure that Guardiola disliked the Spanish dictator called Franco. That dictator also put homosexuals into jail. Barcelona was against that dictator. How come then that the president of Barça and his coach now support a deal between Barça and a dictatorship? Are the dictatorships which are far from Barcelona and that have a lot of money less dictatorships than the ones we had at home? Or is it maybe that the Barça is not anymore MORE THAN A CLUB (MÉS QUE UN CLUB)?
Anyway, one thing is for sure, few people in Israel will wear a tshirt from Barça with Qatar Foundation. But he should not worry. Anyone related to Hamas in Gaza strip will be happy to wear it. And any homophobe around the world would be happy to buy it. I received an email some days ago just saying: NO TO HOMOSEXUALITY. ALLAH IS CLEAN. VISCA QATAR! VISCA BARCA!
Let me end this post by sending my greetings to Noa and Mira Awad. I love some of her songs. I hope she comes to Catalonia more often. Maybe she could come with Dana International! (My greetings to DANA and also to the widow of murdered RABIN. With people like them, Israel will always be in my heart)
I also want to congratulate Guardiola for having Noa as a friend. Until now I just thought that his only known friends where the rich people from the banks and from the homophobic emirate of Qatar.
By the way, I imagine that when Guardiola ends its trip to Israel he won’t go to any Arab country because, if things have not changed, most Arab countries do not accept passports with a stamp from someone who has been in Israel.
- A Dirty List for FC Barcelona’s President Sandro Rosell (bleacherreport.com)
- Global Soccer: Savor Barcelona While You Can (nytimes.com)
Aquesta nit han fet MÉS QUE FUTBOL al 30 MINUTS de TV3 i la veritat és que no m’ha desagradat el programa encara que jo hauria afegit del perill que els valors del Barça puguin comprometre’s en el futur en portar una samarreta relacionada amb una dictadura homòfoba i masclista anomenada Qatar.
Ara és notícia que el proper 13 de juny la portada de la revista NEWSWEEK serà el BARÇA. Surt una foto amb Guardiola mantejat.
La veritat és que no entenc res. El Barça guanya Champions i Champions darrermanet, rep l’elogi internacional però a l’hora de la veritat li toca ballar amb la més lletja: la Qatar Foundation. Com potser que el Barça que inspira tan a tot el món i del que tan bé es parla hagi hagut de recórrer al patrocini d’un emirat que no és democràtic, que empresona els homosexuals, que limitat a mínims els drets de les dones i que està sota sospita d’haver comprat el mundial de futbol de 2022?
La veritat és que no ho entenc. No hi havia cap altre patrocinador que no fes pudor a masclisme, dictadura i homofòbia i a presumptes suborns?
La veritat és que penso o que bé al Barça hi havia algun interès ocult per fer tractes amb la dictadora de Qatar o sinó aquest món és horrible perquè si ser el millor equip del món, com diuen alguns, no et serveix per poder tenir un patrocinador amb un mínim de bona imatge …
En fi, només de pensar que la Qatar Foundation dóna uns premis a nom d’un radical que vol l’extermini dels homosexuals m’esgarrifa que milions de nens portaran aviar una samarreta que farà publicitat d’aquesta fundació amb el beneplàcit d’un equip que se suposa que té el seu fort en els valors. Doncs menys mal que té valors perquè sinó tingués llavors no em vull imaginar de qui portaria publicitat …
Per cert, ara que tant es qüestiona la FIFA i els casos de corrupció que ha de dir de tot això el Barça, suposat referent mundial dels valors al futbol?
- Soccer’s Biggest Team Sells Its Soul to the Oil Sheikhs (pajamasmedia.com)
- Libyan ‘rape victim’ heads to US (bbc.co.uk)
No tinc ni idea de que deu pensar Guardiola sobre l’acampada a Plaça Catalunya. Tampoc sé que deu pensar sobre les entitats financeres. L’únic que sé és que a més d’haver donat suport a tenir una samarreta amb la Qatar Foundation i a haver donat suport a Qatar 2022 ara torna a sortir en un nou anunci de Banc de Sabadell.
El fet que Guardiola hagi viscut a Qatar, hagi treballat a Qatar, hagi donat suport a la candidatura Qatar 2022 i hagi donat suport a portar Qatar Foundation a la samarreta del barça em fa pensar que alguna opinió deu tenir sobre tto l’enrenou que hi ha sobre les sospites de que Qatar va comprar el mundial de futbol 2022.
Espero que aviat digui alguna cosa perquè no m’agrada gens que un club de la capital de Catalunya tingui tractes justament amb un país que està al punt de mira per possibles suborns.
Fa poc Rosell i Guardiola van parlar meravelles de Qatar? Què pensen de tot el que està passant?
No entenc res. Guardiola i Rosell no van tenir cap problema en parlar meravelles de Qatar i ara que Qatar està cada dia a la premsa mundial (a l’aquí casualment no es parla …) Guardiola i Rosell no diuen res. Qui sap, potser no diuen res, prquè tampoc ningú els hi pregunta!
Avui he sabut, a la premsa anglosaxona, que el secretari general de la FIFA, Jerome Valcke, ha admès que havia enviat un email dient que Qatar havia comprat el mundial 2022!
O jo visc en un altre planeta o els mitjans de comunicació d’aquí són molt selectius a les seves informacions. Com potser que en un país on la tele i els diaris sempre parlen de futbol no parlin d’aquest escàndol?
Si l’escàndol està relacionat amb Qatar 2022 i Guardiola va donar suport a aquesta candidatura com potser que ningú parli? Com potser que ningú trobi preocupant aquest escàndol si el Barça portarà a la seva samarreta una menció a Qatar?
No entenc res! Aquí hi ha algú que viu en un altre planeta …
- FIFA General Secretary Says 2022 World Cup Was Bought By Qatar (sbnation.com)
- Qatar accused of buying World Cup (news.bbc.co.uk)
- Qatar accused of buying World Cup (news.bbc.co.uk)
- VIDEO: Will the Gulf become a footballing nation? (bbc.co.uk)
- Sam Wallace: Whoever the opposition and whatever their reputation, Fifa Godfather brushes them aside (independent.co.uk)
- Suspended FIFA executives hit back over bans (indiavision.com)
I am astonihed by the profound relation that one can feel between Qatar and the Pep Guardiola, the coach of FC BBarcelona. Besides being one of the richest countries on Earth thanks to just oil I cannot see a reason why someone would almost fall in love with a place ruled by a dictator, with homophobic laws and where the rights of woman are the best to say the least. I could not feel well at all in a country where I know that homosexuals go to jail.
Guardiola has lived in Qatar, has supported the controversial bid of Qatar 2022 and has even said marvels about Qatar in order to support the sponsoring of the new Barça tshirt by Qatar Foundation.
While all this happens I just read that Al Jezeera, the Qatar tc channel, seems to be very happy with the Arab revolts but when they happen in Bahrain then there is silence …
There are suspicions of brivery related to Qatar bid for World Cup 2022 these days too.
So, I do no tunderstand why Josep Guardiola is so happy with a country that now is on the news for possible cases of brivery and whose rulers have not brough democracy, equal rights to woman and not jailing for homosexuals. I do not understand.
- FC Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola Prepares for a Loss and a Quick Exit (bleacherreport.com)
- Chelsea to give Guardiola opportunity to leave Barcelona (tribalfootball.com)
- Guardiola Likely To Stay (twoliverpoolfans.wordpress.com)
- Ex-candidate bin Hammam faces FIFA bribery case (usatoday.com)
- Hammam drops FIFA chief bid (thesun.co.uk)
First of all, let me congratulate current FC BARCELONA for winning the Champions League. I congratulate them for two reasons: One is for winning and the other to win it without still wearing Qatar Foundation on their tshirt.
Today I have read that Mohamed bin Hammam has been suspended by FIFA as they study some allegations of brivery.
Mohamed bin Hamman is not just related to football but also to Qatar.
The coach of Barcelona, Pep Guardiola supported the Qatar bid 2022 and he has publicly supported the sponsoring of Barça tshirt by the Qatar FoundatioN. He said that in Qatar there are injstices like everywhere (YEAH, HE IS RIGHT, IN BARCELONA, WE HOMOSEXUALS GO TO JAIL, TOO …) and that in QATAR people had freedom (freedom to go to jail if you are homosexual???)
I say all this because I find that it is not nice that Barça wears an ad from a dictatorship who puts homosexuals in jail and where the rights of woman are not precisely the best.
Just for thoses reasons I find that Qatar Foundation in the front of the tshirt is worng but now that I have read that Mohamed bin Hamman, from Qatar, has been suspended by FIFA, I even see the deal between Qatar and Barcelona as a very hard blow.
Sometimes I try to see the things in the perspective of an international company like Barça. They have fans from around the world. It is obvious that their attachment with Qatar Foundation bring bring a lot of supporters from the Arab world. On the other hand their gay supporters to lose with this new tshirt are nothing in comparison with the number of new fans from Arab countries to win.
I understand that for a business is better milions of new Arab supporters than just three angry gay men from barcelona city annoyed with the deal.
But Barcelona headquarters are not in Qatar. They are in Barcelona! So I expect that a team that has its headquarters in barcelona complies with European rules. And I find it is discriminatory to accept a deal which would have never happened was Barceça a lgbt football team.
I am horriefied by the support that Barça has in catalonia and in other places. This club who believes to be “MORE THAN A CLUB” does not do anything to fight homophobia! In fact they just do the opposite: They have deals with Qatar.
And the worse is that now the shadow about Mohamed bin Hamman can make the new tshirt of FC BARCELONA even uglier.
- “Mohamed Bin Hammam Pulls Out Of FIFA Presidential Race (Video)” and related posts (whoateallthepies.tv)
- Hours after exiting FIFA president race, bin Hammam faces bribery hearing (theglobeandmail.com)
- Hammam pulls out from Fifa race (bbc.co.uk)
- Hammam drops FIFA chief bid (thesun.co.uk)
- You: Mohamed Bin Hammam withdraws from FIFA presidential race (guardian.co.uk)
- Mohamed Bin Hammam withdraws from FIFA Presidential Race (theoriginalwinger.com)
- Bin Hammam faces FIFA hearing over bribery claims (seattletimes.nwsource.com)