Supporters have been barred from dressing as jihadis at England’s World Cup 2022 clash with the USA in Qatar.
According to The Times, fans wearing chainmail carrying plastic swords and shields emblazoned with St George’s crosses in Al Khor, north of Doha, have been told they will not be allowed to enter the Al Bait stadium.
The newspaper quoted FIFA as saying: “Wearing crusade costumes in an Arab context may be offensive against Muslims.”
Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out also advised fans against wearing fancy-dress costumes representing knights or crusaders, which recall the religious wars waged by Christians against Muslims during the Middle Ages.
A spokesman for the group said: “We would advise fans attending the FIFA World Cup that certain costumes, such as fancy-dress costumes representing knights or crusaders, may not be welcome in Qatar and other Islamic countries .
“The Foreign Office travel advice issued prior to the tournament expressed the need for fans to become familiar with local customs, and we would encourage fans to take this approach.”
A video shared on Twitter showed two fans in Crusader costumes being turned away from the Qatari stadium entrance by security staff.
It comes after FIFA gave the go-ahead for rainbow-coloured bucket hats and flags inside stadiums as England and Wales prepare for their second games in the tournament.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said the governing body has confirmed that fans will be allowed to enter with items from the conflict with Iran after confiscating them ahead of Wales’ 1-1 draw with the United States will be given.
The FAW urged FIFA to stick to its message that “everyone will be welcome” in Qatar during the first week due to the handling of LGBTQ+ symbols during the tournament.
Temperatures could reach 29C when Wales play Iran at the 40,000-capacity Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Doha at 1pm local time, 10am UK time.
England will look to build on their 6-2 win against Iran when they travel to the Al Bayt Stadium.
A win would seal the Three Lions’ place in the knockout stages.
Temperatures could be around 25C when play starts at 10pm local time, 7pm in the UK.
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