Posted: Mon February 10, 2014 10:27AM; Updated: Mon February 10, 2014 10:27AM

Gay English women's player slams FIFA, IOC for country selection

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Casey Stoney
England captain Casey Stoney has blasted FIFA for selecting World Cup hosts who are vehemently opposed to homosexuality.
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LONDON (AP) - A leading figure within the English Football Association says she won't go to the World Cups in Qatar and Russia because of their anti-gay laws.

Casey Stoney, the England women's team captain, says FIFA has set the wrong example by awarding its showpiece men's events to those countries.

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Stoney, who is gay, told the BBC: ''I won't be going to Russia or Qatar to watch a World Cup because I wouldn't be accepted there.''

Russia, which is currently hosting the Winter Olympics in Sochi ahead of the 2018 World Cup, has come under fire for a law banning homosexual ''propaganda'' aimed at minors. In 2022 World Cup host Qatar, homosexual acts are illegal.

Casey says it is ''incredible that these countries get World Cups and Olympics.''

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