Robbie Rogers has criticised FIFA's decision to hold the next two World Cup tournaments in Russia and Qatar.
The out gay footballer - who currently plays for LA Galaxy - said that football's global governing body is putting the safety of gay players and fans at risk.
Speaking to Sky Sports News
, 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 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."
Russia will host the 2018 tournament, before Qatar become the first Middle Eastern nation to serve as hosts in 2022.
Rogers recently opened up about his first gay sexual appearance, admitting that it was "awkward" - read more here
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