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World Cup: Rainbow bucket hats, flags allowed for Wales vs Iran

Soccer Soccer – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group B – Wales v Iran – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – November 25, 2022. Wales followers contained in the stadium REUTERS/Carl Recine

AL RAYYAN, QATAR – Followers have been allowed to take rainbow-themed bucket hats and flags into the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium for Wales’ second World Cup Group B match in opposition to Iran on Friday, the Soccer Affiliation of Wales (FAW) stated.

The hats characterize “Rainbow Wall”, the supporters’ group for Wales followers who’re members of the LGBTQ group. The hats have been created in partnership with FAW.

FAW stated on Tuesday it could contact world soccer governing physique FIFA after its employees members and followers have been requested to take away and discard the bucket hats earlier than coming into the stadium for his or her opener, a 1-1 draw with the US on Monday.

Similar-sex relationships are unlawful in Qatar.

“In response to the FAW, FIFA has confirmed that followers with Rainbow Wall bucket hats and rainbow flags can be allowed entry to the stadium for @Cymru’s match in opposition to Iran on Friday,” FAW stated in a tweet.

“All World Cup venues have been contacted and instructed to observe the agreed guidelines and rules.”

Earlier, seven European squads on the event ditched plans for his or her respective captains to put on multi-colored OneLove armbands to show help for variety and inclusion after FIFA threatened to problem yellow playing cards to any participant carrying them.

A US journalist stated he was briefly detained when he tried to enter a stadium whereas carrying a rainbow shirt.

Wales is enjoying of their first World Cup in 64 years.


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