Ahead of England’s game against the United States on Friday, world football’s governing body FIFA said the Crusader jerseys worn by England fans were “disgusting”.
Some England fans attend sporting events dressed as England’s patron Saint George, equipped with hats, crosses and plastic swords.
FIFA told CNN: “Crusader clothing in an Arab or Middle Eastern context could be offensive to Muslims. That’s why anti-discrimination friends have asked fans to wear underwear or change clothes. ”
Christian forces have been fighting Muslims for more than 200 years to regain the city of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas that were under Islamic rule.
FIFA said it strives to create a non-discriminatory environment, to promote diversity in the organization and all its activities and events.
During the tournament in Qatar, football fans’ outfits were the focus of attention – especially any clothes or accessories with the colors of the rainbow.
Listen to an American journalist arrested for wearing a rainbow shirt in Qatar
The rainbow flag is a symbol of LGBTQ rights, and homosexuality is illegal.
At the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Monday, ahead of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) match against Wales, US soccer reporter Grant Wahl and former Wales captain Laura McAllister were both reportedly told to take off their rainbow jerseys. – the rain of security. the staff.
Wahl said he was arrested and briefly denied entry to the game because of the “rainbow football jersey” he was wearing. Twitter The security staff told him: “You have to change your shirt. It’s not allowed.”
“One of the guards told me my shirt was ‘political’ and not allowed,” Wahl wrote on Substack.
Wahl told CNN on Tuesday that he had been given prior assurances that he would be allowed to wear the rainbow-themed outfit, and that he would “probably” wear the shirt again because he had “no fear here.”
McAllister – who captained the Wales women’s national football team in the 1990s – said she was stopped by security officers and had her rainbow hat confiscated before she was allowed to enter the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium.
“So, despite good words from @FIFAWorldCup ahead of the event, @Cymru (Wales) rainbow bucket hats have been taken over the pitch, mine included,” McAllister said. tweeted of the event.
“I have spoken to the representatives about this – we have visual evidence. This #WorldCup2022 is getting better now but we will continue to stand by our values,” added McAllister.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said FIFA told the association on Thursday that rainbow-coloured flags and caps would be allowed in Qatar’s World Cup stadiums.
Posting on Twitter, she added: “The FAW urges FIFA to stand by their message that everyone will be welcome in Qatar during the World Cup and continue to show every bit more about human rights. . We continue to believe that football is for EVERYONE.”
When asked to clarify the dress code, FIFA referred CNN to the tournament manual, which states “Expatriates and tourists are free to wear the clothing of their choice, as long as it is modest and respects the culture.”
The handbook also states that “body protection equipment,” “weapons of any kind” and “objects with political, offensive or discriminatory messages” are prohibited.
Apart from this document, FIFA has a human rights inspector inside each stadium and they will be responsible for deciding what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.