Provocative or simply out of touch, England supporters wearing the garb of the Knights of the Great Crusades were denied entry to Khalifa Stadium for the soccer World Cup on Monday.
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Images of two men proudly carrying the cross of Saint George on shields and donning chain mail and full medieval pageantry began circulating more on social media on Wednesday.
On a video, it is possible to see the Qatari authorities stationed for the World Cup turning back the two football fans who wore a wooden sword in their belt.
It must be said that wearing this costume, which has been talked about since Euro 2016, is even more awkward in the Middle East. The Crusaders, Christian soldiers, inflicted a regime of terror in the region from 1095 to 1291 by making pilgrimages to the Holy Land. The nine crusades led to the massacre of tens of thousands of Muslims.
“We advise fans attending FIFA World Cup matches that certain clothing items, such as knights or crusaders costumes, may not be welcome in Qatar and other Islamic countries,” it said. yet warned the organization Kick It Out before the World Cup, according to the daily “Daily Telegraph”.
England, who won their opener 6-2 against Iran, will face the United States on Friday.
Confiscated Canadian items
Qatari police have been busy since the start of the tournament, seizing objects highlighting the LGBTQ+ community. FIFA has notably banned the wearing of the inclusion armband by players.
Authorities added another layer Wednesday by confiscating scarves donated by Team Canada to Canada House, as they bear the CIBC logo. According to the journalist of the “Toronto Star” Bruce Arthur, these would be too political.
The World Cup is notably sponsored by the Crypto.com site and the Qatari bank QNB.
Canadian hats adorned with the rainbow flag were also reportedly recovered by the police.
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