Robbie Rogers yesterday called the decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cups “insane” due to their disgusting views on LGBT citizens.
Rogers is the highest profile openly gay footballer in the world, currently playing for US side LA Galaxy, and feels there will be risks for any players or fans hoping to take part in or watch either tournament.
He said: “I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it is absolutely insane. If you look at the next few World Cups, they are in places where, if I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up or stoned to death. It is pretty ridiculous.
“There is going to be a number of gay fans that will go to watch the sport. Of course there is going to be another gay footballer there. I think it is an issue that needs to be spoken about and discussed with Fifa because every player should feel safe when they go to a World Cup.”
Rogers also confirmed he chose to leave Britain, where he played for Leeds, through his own choice and not because he felt uncomfortable playing in England as the only openly gay footballer.