Stadium security personnel, organized by the Qatari authorities, seized items with rainbow colors and slogans such as ‘Women. To live. Freedom” to prevent them from entering stadiums.
In the first week of the tournament, seven European teams, including Wales, lost the battle over wearing multi-coloured “One Love” bracelets during World Cup matches and some fans complained that they were not allowed to bring items with rainbow colours, a symbol of LGBTQ rightsin the stadiums of the conservative Islamic emirate.
Tuesday’s match between Iran and the United States was charged with emotion among Iranian fans, some of whom had come to Qatar not only to support their team, but also the protest movement at home with banners and flags.
“FIFA is aware of some incidents where permitted items were not allowed to be displayed in stadiums,” the football world organization said in a statement on Wednesday, more than a week after incidents were reported in World Cup stadiums. “FIFA has been assured by the authorities that the venue commanders have been contacted regarding the agreed rules and regulations for the FIFA world cup Qatar 2022.”
FIFA’s assurances that seemed to be ignored by the Qatari authorities.
Wales and Iran will not play any more games at the World Cup after England and the United States were sent from Group B to the knockout rounds late Tuesday.
FIFA will continue to work closely with the host nation to ensure the full implementation of related regulations and agreed protocols.