Homosexual behavior is illegal in that country.
Juris Lavrikovs, communications director for the European branch of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, said the comments were "very unfortunate and have left people deeply offended."
"This is not a joke, this is a matter of life and death to people," Lavrikovs said. "Qatar and more than 70 other countries in the world still criminalize individuals for homosexual relationships, and some countries even punish them by death sentence.
The incident is more fuel for those who believe staging soccer's biggest event in a country seen by many to have a spotty human rights record is a mistake.
Blatter himself isn't exactly the most popular person in the world right now either.
Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno had a bit of a problem conducting a radio interview with Steve Dueming of WDAE in Tampa recently.
The 83-year-old coach implored the host to speak up and then could be heard admitting that he couldn't hear anything.
The video -- now viral -- has drawn some mixed reactions. Obviously, this one on YouTube is titled "The Greatest Interview of All Time." But not everyone finds it funny.
Stop. You don't have a chance
Two of the world's sexiest people won't be sexy with each other anymore.
Movie stars Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds have broken off their marriage after two years. Evidently, they quietly split six months ago, but news just reached the proletariat yesterday.
He was just named People's Sexiest Man Alive and, well, you can see what she looks like.
Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner, who is the ultimate survivalist, will compete in Season 11 of "Biggest Loser."
After his shocking 2000 upset of Alexander Karelin, the wrestler ballooned up to 474 pounds.
Hey, good for him.
And finally ...
In extremely non-shocking news, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens doled out blame for his team's awful 2-11 record while wearing a shirt that read "I (heart) keeping it real."
Of course he did.