England Fans in Qatar Face Stadium Ban over Crusader Outfit

Doha: England fans will be banished from Friday’s match in Qatar against the United States and future World Cup games if they wear crusader replica outfit which are considered culturally insensitive in a Muslim country, FIFA has said.

England fans have used imitation chain-mail armor, plastic helmets, and toy weapons as fancy dress for games for years. But images of some fans dressed as crusaders at Monday’s 6-2 win over Iran in Doha, the capital of Qatar were criticized online, prompting the sport’s world governing body to crack down on the costumes.

“These costumes in an Arab or Middle Eastern context can be perceived as being offensive so that’s the reason for them not being permitted in stadiums,” a FIFA spokesperson said.

For many Arabs, the word crusade summons up a painful history of violent invasion by Christians looking to capture Jerusalem and nearby regions under Islamic rule in the 11th to 13th centuries. Issues around culture and rights have been in focus almost as much the soccer at the World Cup in Qatar.

Some Wales fans were ordered to remove caps with the rainbow colors of the LGBT community at their team’s first match of the tournament against the United States earlier this week.

Here it is noted that Same-sex relations are illegal in Qatar. Welsh football authorities said on Thursday that FIFA had confirmed that supporters with rainbow-colored caps and flags would be allowed entry to the stadium for Wales’ match against Iran on Friday, which Wales lost 2-0.

The captains of England, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and Denmark this week dropped their plan to wear armbands in support of gay rights under pressure from FIFA.

By Archana

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