the party of Qatar World Cup It is not without controversy: although the Qatari authorities conveyed that “everyone is welcome”, the hospitality was overshadowed by the attitude towards several spectators who wore the rainbow symbol that identifies the LGBTQ+ community. The discord is accentuated by the inflexible position of FIFA that prevented the captains of the European teams from wearing the “One love” armband.
At this point, every visitor to the World Cup host country knows that same-sex relationships are prohibited in the emirate.
However, Islamic conservatism was exposed when several onlookers they seized “rainbow” shirts and hats at the access controls to the stadium in which the match between the United States and Wales was played, which ended in a draw (1-1) on Tuesday night
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Grant Wahla CBS correspondent starred in a incident with security agents for wearing a T-shirt that featured a soccer ball in the colors of the rainbow. The journalist was preparing to enter the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan for the match of USA vs. Wales.
But the guards instantly stopped him at the stadium entrance and told him “aggressively demanded” that he remove his shirt. ‘You have to change your shirt. It is not allowed,’ he said he was ordered.
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Qatari academic Dr. Nayef bin Nahar reignited the controversy after stating that he was “proud of what happened”.
For his part, Dr. Al-Shammari, director of the Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at Qatar University, tweeted: “I don’t know when Westerners will realize that their values are not universal”.
“There are other cultures with different values that should be equally respected. Let’s not forget that the West is not the spokesperson for humanity“added the Qatari.
The rainbow, symbol of discord
“While we were queuing, we saw how some people were wearing a rainbow hat”, symbol of the Welsh fan association LGBT Rainbow Wall, “they had to take it off”explained to the chain ITV News Laura McAlister, former captain of the Welsh soccer team. McAlister is currently a member of the executive committee of the soccer federation of her country.
In line with the above, Rainbow Wall released a video on social networks in which the former captain is seen trying to enter with the “hat of discord”, while a security agent ended up forcing her to take it off.
“They said that (…) it was a forbidden symbol and that we were not allowed to bring into the stadium“, expanded McAllister, who hid the hat inside his backpack and was able to put it on later in the stadium. “It was a small moral victory,” he said.
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Faced with this, the Welsh federation was “very disappointed” and stated that he would “address this issue directly with FIFA on Tuesday.”
Despite inquiries from the press, neither FIFA nor the Supreme Organization Committee expressed themselves about the incident.
Former soccer player Alex Scott “took a risk” with the inclusive bracelet
the american journalist Grant Wahl confirmed on Twitter that before the game the security agents had her detained for wearing a rainbow shirt.
alex scottformer Arsenal footballer and now a BBC journalist, exhibited a “One Love” bracelet during the live broadcast of the England-Iran match.
His gesture resulted challenging for both local authorities and FIFAwhich maintained an erratic position on the issue, since on the one hand it “supports the LGBTQ+ community”, but at the same time threatened players with penalize them sportingly if they wear the rainbow bracelet.
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Germany vs FIFA
In this sense, the German team expressed its discontent for not being able to carry the symbol “One Love”according to the statements of the German coach Hansi Flick on Tuesday.
The German soccer federation even threatened to sue FIFA for this problem, which it considers offensive.
The Uefathe European football confederation, also showed a position ambiguous on the rights of LGBTQ+ people during the European Championship last year.
On that occasion, the organization prevented the Allianz Stadium in Munich from being lit up in the colors of the rainbow before a match of the German team against Hungary, whose government had promoted a series of homophobic laws.
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