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Gareth Bale sparks emotional scenes as Wales safe World Cup draw



Wales battled laborious to safe a 1-1 draw of their first World Cup sport in 64 years.

A one-sided first half noticed the USA taking the lead by means of Timothy Weah, however Wales improved after the break and captain Gareth Bale levelled from the penalty spot.

It sparked emotional scenes within the stands and led Wales to safe some extent on their first look on the World Cup since 1958.

The jubilation on the pitch was in distinction to fury forward of the sport as feminine Wales supporters carrying rainbow bucket hats had them “confiscated” in Qatar forward of the group B conflict.

Wales’ Rainbow Wall, a gaggle of LGBTQ+ supporters, stated male supporters carrying the hats have been allowed to maintain them however the objects have been taken from girls.

Former Wales worldwide footballer Laura McAllister, now a professor at Cardiff College, wrote on Twitter: “So, regardless of nice phrases from @FIFAWorldCup earlier than occasion, @Cymru rainbow bucket hats confiscated at stadium, mine included.

“I had a dialog about this with stewards – we’ve video proof. This #WorldCup2022 simply will get higher however we are going to proceed arise for our values.”

The bucket hat has change into the must-have accent for Wales followers over the previous decade.

The yellow, inexperienced and crimson hats are worn of their 1000’s by the so-called “Crimson Wall”, with a rainbow model additionally produced.

Wales’ Rainbow Wall wrote: “Our rainbow bucket hat. We’re so happy with them, however information on the bottom tonight is our welsh feminine supporters carrying them in #Qatar are having them taken off them, not the lads, simply girls.

“@Fifacom are you critical !! #LGBTQRights.”

PA information company understands a US supporter was threatened on the Metro travelling to the stadium for carrying a small rainbow flag.

The person who seemed to be a Qatar supporter threatened to “kill” the person, and was saying the flag “was not allowed” and “that flag is banned on this nation”.

“We’ve our personal tradition”, he added.

Wales and US followers, in addition to Qatari safety guards, intervened to guard the fan carrying the flag, which is an emblem of LGBTQ+ rights and pleasure.

Wales, together with England and different European nations, earlier confirmed they might not be carrying the anti-discrimination One Love rainbow armbands after governing physique Fifa threatened sporting sanctions.

The Prince of Wales was amongst these to supply his assist to Wales forward of the sport as he posted a photograph of the yellow, inexperienced and crimson bucket hat he was given by Elin Jones, the presiding officer of the Welsh parliament

William wrote: “After reaching the #FIFAWorldCup for the primary time since 1958, it’s solely proper to look at the primary @Cymru sport in model. Thanks for the bucket hat @ElinCeredigion! W”.

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