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)
By Josep Maria Miró
At TNC, Barcelona.
From March 24th 2011