Mr. Ibrahim criticized Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe for going too far by describing homosexuals as lower than pigs and dogs, but argues that the development of gay rights in some countries is "not based on scientific studies". He charges that the rise of homosexuality is the result of "tension made by powerful homosexuals, which affected many civil organizations, human rights organizations, decisions and law makers".
Qatar has made concessions on its ban on the consumption of alcohol in public during the World Cup but has yet to indicate whether it will also be more lenient towards gays. Homosexuality is banned in the majority of Middle Eastern and Muslim countries.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter indicated earlier this year that he was unsympathetic to demands by gay groups that gay rights be acknowledged during the World Cup by implying that gays attending the tournament may want to practice abstinence.