Kieran Jones, a passionate soccer fan who lives in Toronto in Cardiff, Wales, has all the answers the details about the Last time his beloved Welsh team made it to the World Cup. It was 1958, almost a decade before he was actually born. A young and then little-known Brazilian named Pelé scored the Wales was knocked out by a goal the tournament.

“I’ve seen footage of that Pelé goal many times,” Jones, 57 years old, spoke with wryness in His voice. “Actually, too many times.”

We spoke as we spoke the Jones was prepping for a six hour flight to Qatar, the A small Arab country was transformed into a nation on Sunday the First nation in the Middle East to host the World Cup. Jones intends to stay in Qatar So long as he is by his side in the For Wales, the tournament will last for 29 days and begin Monday. the United States

“It’s time to make new memories,” He stated.

With his team finally back in the Thick of the Quadrennial celebration the world’s game, one might think Jones would be feeling pure, unfiltered joy.

He has many worries. Jones is an ambassador for F.S.A. Cymru, Wales’s biggest soccer fan group. He is also a part of the job in QatarHelp Welsh supporters who are in trouble in A nation with poor human rights records and strict, conservative laws.

“The feeling is trepidation,” He stated.

His group attends regularly the biggest soccer tournaments in Europe, where he often helps his fans with their lost passports and Other mundane matters.

Paul Corkrey, left, and Kieran Jones is working for F.S.A. Cymru in Doha. They are here to support fans in trouble. in A country with strict laws.Credit…Courtesy Keiran Jones

In Qatar, well, let’s just say the Experience could be even more difficult.

It is available in its guidebook and Social media channels that are geared at World Cup ticket holders from Wales, Jones’s group does not mince words.

You should not bring alcohol. Qatar.

Do not bring any drugs. Even for small amounts of drugs the There are severe penalties.

Don’t offend. Do not swear.

It is forbidden to show affection in public. Rude gestures can be considered obscene. and In some cases, offenders may be sentenced to prison. Particular care should be taken when handling the Police and Other officials

“We’ve said to the female fans, ‘Don’t walk around on your own,’” Jones shared his story with me. “‘Walk around in groups.’” No short-sleeve or short-sleeve shirts are allowed around religious sites.

Qatar These are the dangers and A thriving L.G.B.T.Q. organization can provide security for gay and transgender people. soccer fans, Wales’s Rainbow Wall, decided not to attend, Jones said.

His supporters group will send him 3,000 fans Qatar. He predicted that another 6,000 Wales devotees could make it to the games. How many would you need? the World Cup were in A country less in trouble? He said that it was three times more. “At the least.”

There has never been an a World Cup Like this. Rooted in the The heart of the Middle East and the Arab world the Millions of fans first time in Qatar and A culture that is often misunderstood by those who watch from home will be encountered when they are watching. and Demonized by the West. It is a way to open doors that feel beautiful and necessary. and overdue.

And yet … and Yet, you can also use this: the Allure of better understanding the Cup Again thrusts the Sport is now in trouble

Dictators hosting global sporting events and authoritarians has become all too familiar, forcing fans into a sort of devil’s bargain: loving sports while continuously navigating the Minefields are known as “sportswashing” — an attempt to use grand celebrations of athletics as a shield.

It all comes down to the The bad part of this deal is not the end, but there are many things to take into consideration.

FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, claims that it works to foster a welcoming environment for all. But in Qatar, men control women’s rights, freedom of expression is limited and Homosexuality can be a crime. Recent news from Qatar: World Cup ambassador said the nation’s draconian L.G.B.T.Q. Respect laws and The homosexuality of the gay was “damage in the mind.”

Then there’s the Human misery caused Qatar As it constructed stadiums worth $300 Billion and Other infrastructure the World Cup Almost from scratch. Journalists and Human rights observers outside Qatar According to some, hundreds, if certainly thousands of workers were killed during this period. the Construction though the Qataris offer a far lower toll.

“Unfortunately, of the millions of residents from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal who have lived in Qatar from 2011 to 2019, a very small percentage have sadly passed away,” A response is given by the The government should a report of thousands of worker deaths.

It was developed as it was. the World Cup, Qatar Lean on the “kafala” system, in These immigrant workers are not allowed to go home, or change jobs without the permission of their bosses. Amnesty International and the United Nations. and Other like-minded groups also condemned the practice.

There are many the The players will let their sadness be known. A number of European teams have plans to send their captains. the Field with heart-shaped multicolored, “One Love” Armbands will be worn to show support for inclusion The United States national soccer team will display its off-field decorations events and headquarters with the rainbow logo.

Denmark has recently released black jerseys to support human rights. and Weeping the Migrant laborers who died building sites the tournament.

Many soccer fans are left dismayed by this on-field display of stunning, jaw-dropping athleticism.

“Let me tell you, it’s not easy,” Eboni Christmas, a Raleigh N.C. member of the American Outlaws, a group of supporters of soccer with chapters from coast to coast.

Regarding human rights in QatarChristmas was unparalleled. “There isn’t one thing that really stands out that’s terrible,” She said. “It’s everything. It’s all bad.”

She is still concerned about L.G.B.T.Q., even though she is a Black gay woman. Fans who travel to the Middle Eastern country the 29-day competition.

Make Christmas plans the Women’s World Cup Next summer in Australia and New Zealand. However, she had no intention of ever traveling to New Zealand. Qatar.

“I won’t validate how they treat people like me by giving them my money,” She stated, noting she was a holder the Same stance the Cup Organized in Russia, a nation with similar noxious law.

“Russia was already a very hard one for L.G.B.T.Q. soccer fans, so this is just kind of like a continuous train,” She said. “We’re still getting run over.”

This is how she will approach it World Cup Concurrence the We will all be wary. and She does so with a quiet passion. Her passion for her favorite squad will not wane the same. She will view every U.S. National Team game from a reserved seat at The Bridge (a brick-walled bar) in Raleigh is a favorite spot for soccer fans.

She intends to pay very little attention. the Rest of the tournament. Silent protest, but still protest.