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Phrase Cup Qatar: Wales and England kick off TODAY


Britons will get pleasure from a pageant of World Cup soccer in the present day as Wales and England each play crunch matches that coincide with payday for thousands and thousands at dwelling with bosses set to let workers watch the matches or face a slew of sickies.

The Welsh may make historical past this morning in the event that they beat Iran with England set to qualify for the knock out phases in the event that they defeat the USA within the huge match at 7pm tonight.

Tens of millions of Britons will watch the 2 matches in the present day with many schoolchildren in Wales given a break from classes to observe Gareth Bale and his teammates play at 10am.

Soccer-mad staff within the UK have been throwing ‘sickies’ at file charges to allow them to watch World Cup matches, employers are claiming. Companies have been flocking to authorized advisers amid issues workers are taking rogue days off, with in the present day unlikely to be any completely different give the magnitude of the 2 matches.

Wales followers had been within the pub for breakfast and a few pints this morning forward of the early kick off. And with 4 matches in the present day, many will make a day of it, particularly if Rob Web page’s males get the win they want. 

An estimated 10,000 English and Welsh followers are in Doha for the matches and had been consuming late into the night time final night time forward of their video games in the present day. Some have spent their £50,000 life financial savings to be in Qatar the place a hen burger and a pint is costing followers £50.

Darren Camill, 53, stated that by the point he will get dwelling he can have spent round £9,000 following the England group in Qatar. He added: ‘I have been to some main tournaments with England however that is the costliest ever. I paid £50 for a hen burger and chips the opposite day which is regular in Doha.’

He’s in Qatar together with his good friend Karl Hanson, 53 who stated: ‘We will 9 video games in whole in order that’s £1,000 per recreation. If England win in the present day and finally win the World Cup it will be a small value to pay.’

Wales badly want a end result earlier than they play England subsequent week. In the event that they beat Iran on the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium then will probably be their first World Cup victory in 64 years. 

England followers shall be praying that Harry Kane is totally match after an damage scare this week when he harm his ankle in the course of the Three Lions’ 6-2 win over the Iranians.

Lucy White, 24 from York, with her dad, Chris

England fan Ben Parson, from Fulham, and Lucy White, 24 from York, along with her dad, Chris are in Doha to cheer on England

Darren Camill (right) with Karl Hanson (left) paid £50 for a pint and a chicken burger in Doha, but insist it will be worth it if England win tonight

Darren Camill (proper) with Karl Hanson (left) paid £50 for a pint and a hen burger in Doha, however insist will probably be price it if England win tonight

Welsh fans at the Corniche Walk Park, Qatar, ahead of Wales' second Group B game against  Iran

Welsh followers on the Corniche Stroll Park, Qatar, forward of Wales’ second Group B recreation towards  Iran

Thousands of Welsh fans are in Doha and will be hoping for a big win for Rob Page's men

1000’s of Welsh followers are in Doha and shall be hoping for an enormous win for Rob Web page’s males

One authorized agency says it is had a 250 per cent surge in inquiries from bosses about their authorized place if they think staff are bunking off.

Welsh followers are set to MISS Iran World Cup match after ‘glitch within the system’ sees them turned away at Dubai airport 

Scores of Wales followers are set to overlook the essential World Cup match towards Iran after a ‘glitch within the system’ has seen them turned away at Dubai airport.

Not less than 70 Welsh followers have been advised they can’t enter Qatar, that means they’ll miss in the present day’s match.

A ‘glitch within the system’ at Dubai airport has meant that their Hayya playing cards, which act as Qatar visas, haven’t been accepted by officers.

At Dubai airport this morning, a gaggle of 78 Welsh followers had been turned away and can miss the match in Qatar, studies BBC Radio Wales.

Quite a few followers have been staying in Dubai in the course of the World Cup after which travelling into Qatar on shuttle flights resulting from how costly the lodging is in Doha and the nation’s alcohol restrictions.

Chris Macwilliam at Clough & Willis Solicitors stated it had a spike in calls after England’s 6-2 win towards Iran on Monday. A YouGov ballot discovered 11million staff may take a dodgy day without work in the course of the Qatar World Cup.

Welsh followers will be capable of put on their rainbow bucket hats, after FIFA stepped in after the Qatari authorities started seizing them at their final match amid tensions about their remedy of LGBT folks. 

Bale will make his personal historical past by turning into his nation’s most capped males’s footballer towards Iran. 

Gareth Southgate’s England have their destiny in their very own palms and can qualify from the group phases a recreation early in the event that they beat the People on the Al Bayt Stadium

Gareth Bale has urged academics in Wales to let kids watch a World Cup ‘mini historical past lesson’ in Qatar.

Wales’ second recreation of the 2022 World Cup kicks off at 10am GMT on Friday when kids are at school.

The PA information company revealed earlier this month that kids had been given the inexperienced gentle to help Robert Web page’s aspect.

The Welsh Authorities has left it as much as particular person faculties to resolve whether or not to permit kids to observe the sport, and Bale needs as lots of them as attainable to take action.

Bale stated: ‘Being a 10am kick-off in Wales, if I used to be one of many academics, I might allow them to watch the sport.

‘I hope they do. It is a historic second in Wales, for us to be at a World Cup.

‘Among the mother and father of children I do know all need to watch the sport however do not need to take them off faculty.

‘So I feel loads of faculties will put the sport on for them to cheer us on and get behind us.

‘It is a mini historical past lesson, and hopefully it will be a fantastic event for all of them.’

Gareth Bale's Wales and Harry Kane's England both play matches at the Qatar World Cup today

Gareth Bale's Wales and Harry Kane's England both play matches at the Qatar World Cup today

Gareth Bale’s Wales and Harry Kane’s  England each play matches on the Qatar World Cup in the present day

ales players stand for the national anthem prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match with the USA

ales gamers stand for the nationwide anthem previous to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match with the USA

England's players stand during the national anthem before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match with Iran

England’s gamers stand in the course of the nationwide anthem earlier than the beginning of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B soccer match with Iran

Bale will make his personal historical past by turning into his nation’s most capped males’s footballer towards Iran.

The 33-year-old captain – who made his debut in 2006 and is Wales’ file scorer with 41 targets – will win his one hundred and tenth cap towards Iran.

It’ll see him overtake Chris Gunter, who shall be among the many substitutes for Friday’s encounter, and transfer him into prime spot in his personal proper.

Bale stated: ‘I have never actually been specializing in the cap factor to be sincere, simply attempting to give attention to the sport.

‘On a private degree it is a tremendous achievement, it is an honour to characterize my nation so many instances.

‘But it surely’s extra necessary that we try to get the victory. Hopefully we will and it will make it much more particular.’

Joe Allen rejoined the principle group on Wednesday and has recovered from a hamstring drawback.

The 72-times-capped Allen, who was injured enjoying for Swansea on September 17, had been coaching on his personal in Qatar till that time.

‘Joe obtained by his health take a look at, in order that’s excellent news,’ stated supervisor Web page, who is ready at hand Kieffer Moore a beginning spot after the striker got here off the bench to spark Wales’ revival in Monday’s 1-1 draw towards the US.

‘He is match and raring to go. We needed to meet targets alongside the way in which they usually’ve met each goal.’

Bale added: ‘Joe is a large participant for us and would not get credit score he deserved. He is an important cog in the way in which we play.

‘To have him obtainable is a large increase for us with two video games remaining, so hopefully he can come on or begin and he’ll do what Joe Allen does finest and canopy each blade of grass.

‘I feel he is proven again and again how necessary he’s and we hope he has just a few miles left to go.’   

Harry Kane and Harry Maguire are match and raring to go for England’s essential World Cup conflict towards the USA tonight after recovering from damage and sickness.

The duo have handed a serious increase to supervisor Gareth Southgate who yesterday insisted the pair shall be obtainable.

England captain Kane went for a scan after taking a blow to his ankle towards Iran on Monday however was cleared to renew coaching on Wednesday.

Southgate stated: ‘Harry’s good, he got here by coaching with no issues — it might be a courageous choice to depart him out of the beginning group. He is in an excellent house. Undoubtedly.

‘We managed him slightly bit final week by coaching due to the load he has had so we’re at all times acutely aware of that. Some gamers want slightly bit extra coaching, some may do half a session, it depends upon what their particular person load has been.

‘Some have not performed as a lot soccer and want pushing a bit extra at instances so we’re at all times individually making ready that.’

Maguire can be prepared to begin in an unchanged aspect tonight after recovering from an sickness that noticed him substituted towards Iran.

There was concern the defender was affected by concussion however a radical investigation from England medics and FIFA — who’ve analysed quite a few digicam angles — ensured he had not taken a blow to the pinnacle.

‘We predict a component of that was dehydration,’ stated Southgate. ‘Due to the notice of concussion we have checked again by all of that basically diligently and FIFA have as nicely, as a result of it is one of many key issues from their medical division on this event. There isn’t any proof of that however you continue to need to examine that as a result of he was feeling unwell and why was that?’

James Maddison once more didn’t practice with the remainder of the squad.

Southgate additionally confirmed that the FA have been involved with FIFA over their issues about VAR within the 6-2 win over Iran.

Maguire was denied a penalty after being rugby tackled by Rouzbeh Cheshmi within the first half, however Iran had been awarded one through VAR in a while after John Stones was caught barely pulling striker Morteza Pouraliganji’s shirt.

The England camp had been angered by the choice to not award a penalty for the Maguire incident — significantly after an incident within the field involving Kalvin Phillips, from England’s 5-0 win over Albania final November, was used for example of foul play in a video proven to officers earlier than the World Cup. This had led to fears England could be unfairly focused by referees in Qatar.

The FA have filed a report back to FIFA and await their response.

Stones stated: ‘We sat in a refereeing assembly earlier than the event and advised sure issues and my frustration is when these do not get backed up. That is troublesome as a result of we attempt to adapt our recreation to the way in which they need to ref issues. I perceive they’ve a super-difficult job these days with all of the cameras however there must be a little bit of readability.’

England followers in Qatar BANNED from dressing up as St George for World Cup match towards USA as a result of the Crusader outfit is ‘offensive to Muslims’

England followers dressed as Crusaders have been turned away from World Cup matches in Qatar as their costumes are deemed ‘offensive to Muslims’.

Two fancy-dress knights had been allegedly seen on social media attempting to get by safety earlier than England’s match with Iran on Monday whereas sporting chainmail and helmets bearing the St George’s Cross.

It’s claimed that the pair, who had been additionally carrying novelty swords, had been escorted away by 4 officers on the safety gate earlier than kick-off.

And an identical expertise could possibly be in retailer for these attending tonight’s match towards the USA, with the Occasions reporting Three Lions followers have been banned from dressing because the Christian invaders. 

It comes as England followers, who’ve lengthy supported the group bearing the garb of St George – the nation’s patron saint – at earlier World Cups, discover themselves in bother for doing so this time round.

FIFA and anti-racism teams say dressing up as Crusaders in an Arab nation akin to Qatar could possibly be seen as offensive given the historic context.

Some Doha residents seem to have been upset by the selection of outfit, given the spiritual wars between 1095 and 1291 had been about taking land and holy websites underneath Islamic management.

England fans dressed as Crusaders with chainmail, shields and swords are stopped by security outside a stadium in Qatar

England followers dressed as Crusaders with chainmail, shields and swords are stopped by safety outdoors a stadium in Qatar

An England fan dressed as a Crusader kneels at a security check at the World Cup in Qatar

An England fan dressed as a Crusader kneels at a safety examine on the World Cup in Qatar

Prince William tells England squad to keep away from social media 

Sam Greenhill, Chief Reporter in Doha

England coach Gareth Southgate final night time revealed Prince William’s recommendation to the squad – keep away from social media.

He stated the inheritor to the throne gave invaluable ideas once they met earlier than flying out to Qatar.

Southgate stated the group had been following his counsel to give attention to matches relatively than headlines and social media distractions.

He stated: ‘We actually like our base camp – we do not have televisions on significantly, aside from for matches.

‘After all I am positive the lads are following stuff on social media and the web however we’ve talked occasionally in regards to the significance of ignoring these issues.

‘We really had the longer term king are available and speak to the lads about that, which was a degree we could not have paid him higher to say, about coping with social media.’

Saluting his squad forward of in the present day’s England-USA conflict, Southgate added: ‘These gamers are placing our nation on the map – they’re regaining our respectability on the world stage and we have to maintain doing that.’

One of many crusaders spoke to TalkTV after England’s 6-2 win over Iran on Monday. 

The person, who was not named, stated: ‘The issue is in locations like Qatar, the followers are the essence of the sport. We’re what makes the sport. 

‘It isn’t the corporates, they assist financially within the background, it is us the followers that make the soccer and we’re the soccer’. 

He stated that they had been staying within the fan park paying £250-a-night. 

FIFA stated: ‘Crusader costumes within the Arab context could be offensive towards Muslims. That’s the reason Anti-Discrimination colleagues requested followers to put on issues inside out or change costume.’

Kick It Out, the anti-racism marketing campaign group in soccer stated: ‘Sure apparel, akin to fancy-dress costumes representing knights or crusaders, will not be welcomed in Qatar. 

Researcher Robert Carter tweeted: ‘The apparel, full with swords and crosses, is offensive resulting from crusader historical past of rape, slaughter and occupation of Arab lands.’

However some England followers in Qatar identified {that a} cheering Saudi Arabia fan was apparently allowed to wave an actual three-foot lengthy scimitar in jubilation amongst crowds outdoors the stadium after his group’s shock win over Argentina.

One of the best-known Crusades happened between 1096 and 1291 when Christian armies fought to grab Jerusalem and the encompassing space from Islamic rule.

Footage from Qatar earlier than and after the England recreation confirmed the one group dressed up as knights singing God Save the King and storming up the steps on public transport. Some locals appeared shocked by their selection of outfits – others requested them to pose for selfies. 

In the meantime, bars in Doha are demanding followers sporting conventional Arabic robes and headdress take away them over fears it offends locals and insults Islam.

The clothes has develop into fashionable amongst followers and is being broadly bought within the group colors of the 32 nations enjoying on the event.

The newest incident follows days of mounting criticism for the Qatari police’s forceful dealing with of followers because the row over LGBT symbols rumbles on within the Gulf state.

Qatar officers have repeatedly acknowledged ‘all are welcome’ on the World Cup, regardless of the very fact same-sex relationships stay unlawful within the nation.

England and different groups planning to put on the ‘OneLove’ armbands to make an announcement towards discrimination in the course of the World Cup in Qatar had been additionally stated to be ‘blackmailed’ with the looming menace of ‘large sporting sanctions’.

Followers and journalists from a number of nations have reported rainbow-themed objects, together with t-shirts, bucket hats and flags, being confiscated by officers.

Regardless of FIFA’s insistence that ‘all are welcome’ within the Gulf state, followers, journalists and LGBT teams have all confronted an authoritarian-style crackdown with rainbow apparel confiscated at stadiums.

The sale of beer was additionally banned at stadiums in a shocking Eleventh-hour about flip by Qatari officers – leaving many followers fuming and FIFA pink confronted.

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani demanded all guests ‘respect our tradition’, with followers anticipated to fall according to the Gulf state’s guidelines and cultural practices.

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