The Welsh Football Association said FIFA had given assurances that fans would be allowed to wear rainbow hats and carry rainbow flags at stadiums in Qatar.
There have been reports of Welsh fans being told to take off their rainbow “bucket hats” before entering the stadium for their World Cup opener against the United States in Qatar on Monday.
But ahead of the team’s second Group B match against Iran at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Friday, Welsh football officials said they had received guarantees the scenes would not be repeated.
“FIFA has confirmed that fans with Rainbow Wall bucket hats and rainbow flags will be permitted to enter the stadium,” Lily a message on social networks of the Welsh FA. “The Rainbow Wall” is the name of Wales’ LGBTQ supporters group.
According to the AP, FIFA confirmed it had been in contact with the Welsh FA, although security at World Cup stadiums is under the control of local organizers.
Rainbow images and human rights messages were a point of contention at the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
The captains of seven European countries, including Wales and England, planned to wear ‘One Love’ armbands for their games but backed off under the threat of possible yellow cards.
The German players protested the move by covering their mouths in their team photo ahead of their opener against Japan, which they then lost 2-1.
The German Football Association (DFB) later said it could take action against FIFA in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the armband ban.
On the eve of the tournament, FIFA unveiled its own set of armbands for captains to wear at various stages. Articles include slogans such as “No to discrimination”, “save the planet”, and “Football unites the world.
Qatari and FIFA officials have always said that all fans would be welcome at the World Cup, although they should also respect local customs and traditions.
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