Row over “rainbows” in Doha World Cup stadium

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Should you’re carrying something rainbow-coloured on the Doha World Cup, you’re asking for pointless hassle.

A number of abroad followers reportedly stated they had been requested by safety officers at Qatar 2022 to take away the rainbow-coloured gadgets that they had been carrying as they made their approach to watch the World Cup matches.

The worldwide channel CNN reportedly witnessed the conclusion to the incident on the Msheireb Metro Station, in Doha, as some refused at hand over the gadgets. The rainbow colors are allegedly an emblem of LGBTQ+ pleasure.


However some had been reportedly let off provided that they put the rainbow-coloured gadgets of their pockets.

“Out of nowhere. They took my buddy fairly aggressively on the arm and pushed him away from the group and advised him to take it [the armband] off,” a German fan, who declined to be named, recounted particulars of the incident shortly after it occurred.

For the reason that World Cup began, Qatar has been criticised for its stance on same-sex relationships, human rights information and the therapy of migrant staff.


Relating to the problems surrounding LGBTQ+ rights within the Gulf state, the world soccer governing physique, FIFA, has relaxed on the row and guaranteed followers that LGBTQ+ rainbow colors at the moment are allowed. This follows an trade with a couple of nationwide federations.

When requested to make clear the gown code for followers, FIFA referred to the match handbook, which states “expats and vacationers are free to put on the clothes of their alternative, so long as it’s modest and respectful to the tradition.”

Suresh Nair is an award-winning sports activities journalist who can also be a professional worldwide coach and worldwide referee teacher


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