Wales fans were prevented from wearing rainbow-colored hats into the stadium during their 2022 FIFA World Cup match against the United States at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium on Tuesday.
The United States and Wales drew 1-1 in a Group B match at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Timothy Weah gave the Americans the lead in the first half, which was canceled out by Gareth Bale in the 82nd minute of the game.
FIFA in talks with Qatar after Wales’ rainbow caps removed
Qatar and FIFA are in urgent talks after fans were told to remove their rainbow hats during Wales’s clash with the United States in the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday.
FIFA reminded the hosts of the guarantees given before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. They promised that fans would be able to wear rainbow caps in the stadium. However, some fans were asked to remove their rainbow-colored hats before entering the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup match.
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The rainbow flag is a symbol of LGBTQ rights. It is a controversial issue in Qatar as same-sex relationships are criminalized.
Earlier this month, FIFA ordered teams to stop wearing ‘One Love’ armbands during games. Harry Kane and Gareth Bale planned to wear armbands to promote diversity at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
However, FIFA threatened to sanction the teams if they participated in the initiative. Several nations have issued a joint statement on the matter, stating: “FIFA is very clear in imposing sports bands if our captains wear armbands during matches. We cannot put our players in a position where they can face sporting bans. So we have asked the captains not to try to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup matches.”
FIFA World Cup 2022: Iranian athletes refused to sing the national anthem
Athletes from the Iranian soccer team decided not to sing the national anthem during their Qatar 2022 World Cup match against England on Monday.
Human rights activist Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September. Her death sparked nationwide protests in Iran against the current regime. The Iranian team expressed solidarity with the protesters by not signing the national anthem.
The human rights activist group HRANA recently released a report claiming that 419 people, including 60 children, have been killed in the protest so far. 17,451 people have also been arrested.
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When is the next match of the 2022 World Cup?
Three matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup are scheduled to be played on November 23, 2022.