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The Independent

Remedy of World Cup followers in Qatar monitored after rainbow hat ban

Downing Avenue has stated the remedy of UK followers on the World Cup is being intently monitored after rainbow bucket hats have been confiscated from Wales supporters in Qatar.

Former Wales group captain Laura McAllister, who’s an envoy for her nation on the match, was amongst quite a lot of supporters advised to take away the hats.

Some have claimed they have been advised it was a “banned image” regardless of Fifa beforehand saying rainbow colored flags and clothes weren’t prohibited within the stadiums.

Identical-sex relationships are outlawed within the Gulf state however the host nation’s organisers had repeatedly stated “all are welcome” within the run-up to the competitors.

Requested in regards to the incident, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman stated: “Clearly it’s not the method that this Government would take if we have been internet hosting any match.

“LGBT rights are a basic a part of the UK.

“Now we have raised issues about LGBT guests with the Qatari authorities in any respect ranges main as much as the match and clearly we’ll proceed to watch it rigorously.”

He added: “We’ll monitor rigorously UK followers within the area and the way they’re handled and clearly individuals are going there to get pleasure from a soccer match, at first, and we’re assured that’s what the Qataris will need to be targeted on as nicely, facilitating folks supporting their groups.”

The Soccer Affiliation of Wales (FAW) stated they have been “extraordinarily disillusioned” within the actions of employees at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in the direction of followers, revealing members of the FAW group have been amongst these requested to take off their hats.

Within the assertion, the FAW stated they have been accumulating data on the alleged incidents and can be addressing them instantly with Fifa on Tuesday.

Information that followers carrying rainbow clothes have been denied entry to the stadium and requested to put gadgets into misplaced property has sparked outrage.

I feel we’ve had loads of warning that this wasn’t going to be a World Cup the place human rights and LGBT rights and girls’s rights have been nicely revered actually

Laura McAllister

Ms McAllister stated she was livid at being advised to take her hat off however advised ITV it was necessary to “stick with our values”.

“I feel we’ve had loads of warning that this wasn’t going to be a World Cup the place human rights and LGBT rights and girls’s rights have been nicely revered actually,” she stated.

“However coming from a nation like Wales, we have been very eager that we nonetheless took a stand.”

The PA information company was made conscious of a minimum of one male Wales fan who was advised to take off his bucket hat off leaving him “upset and indignant”.

It has been reported US sports activities journalist Grant Wahl was additionally barred from the sport for carrying a rainbow T-shirt except he modified.

Whenever you suppose that Fifa and Qatar could not get it any extra flawed, they do one thing like this

Tim Hartley

Tim Hartley, Wales fan and head of fan charity Gol Cymru, advised PA: “This complete match leaves a nasty style within the mouth.

“Whenever you suppose that Fifa and Qatar couldn’t get it any extra flawed, they do one thing like this.”

Some followers have claimed they have been advised the rainbow colored gadgets have been being confiscated for their very own security.

A PA journalist witnessed a US fan being threatened for carrying a miniature rainbow flag on the Metro journeying to the Wales match by a person who gave the impression to be a Qatar supporter.

The person threatened to “kill” the fan and stated “that flag is banned on this nation”.

Wales and US followers needed to intervene to diffuse the state of affairs.

It comes after the Wales and England groups made a last-minute U-turn on carrying the One-Love armbands after Fifa threatened their captains Gareth Bale and Harry Kane with sporting sanctions.

Regardless of this, former England footballer and BBC pundit Alex Scott wore the armband throughout a reside broadcast from the England match towards Iran.

Wales followers have additionally complained that quite a lot of their giant banners and flags have been confiscated heading into the stadium, regardless of pre-registering them weeks prematurely, as is required by Fifa.

A few of those that have been advised to put their flags into storage have reported that their banners have been lacking on the finish of the sport, and have appealed on social media to seek out them.

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