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James Cleverly says he will attend the World Cup in Qatar after telling gay fans to be “respectful”.

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Secretary of State James Cleverly has confirmed he will attend the World Cup in Qatar – as he defended telling gay fans to be “respectful”.

The top Tory said it was his job to keep traveling Brits “safe” after being criticized for his advice to homosexuals going to the tournament.

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James Cleverly has confirmed that he will take part in the World Cup in Qatar[/caption]

Same-sex activity carries a penalty of up to seven years in the Middle Eastern nation, prompting many supporters to boycott the competition.

Labor MP Chris Bryant accused Mr Cleverly of giving gay fans a “slap in the face”.

The Foreign Secretary shot back: “I have visited Qatar in the run-up to the World Cup and if I go to the World Cup I will be speaking to security to ensure that English and Welsh and whatever other British fans are going to the World Cup stays safe. ”

But when asked if he would encourage gay fans to protest in the country, he said: “No, I wouldn’t.

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“When British nationals travel abroad, they should respect the laws of their host country.”

He doubled down on his comments urging fans to be “respectful to the host country,” adding, “I want them to be safe.

“My question is really what advice I should realistically give to gay fans who want to watch football, other than advice that I believe will protect them.”

He added: “We are very proud to work for gay rights around the world.”


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