Some of the clothing options caused a stir at the World Cup | Popgen Tech
Qatar has warned of clothing restrictions at this year’s World Cup, and fans are finding out that officials were not bluffing with the tough crackdown.
FIFA’s stadium code of conduct for this year’s event, which came into force in July, bans fans from bringing tools or weapons, as well as flags or other material deemed to be political or discriminatory. It also states that any helmets or masks that cover the face, other than a medical mask and/or national and religious headgear, are not permitted.
In addition, it is forbidden to be “undressed” and to remove clothes to reveal “intimate parts of the body.” The specificity of these definitions is rather vague. In a country like Qatar, where conservative dress is encouraged, this may mean something more modest than what other cultures are used to.
But at least a few times, controversial outfits slipped into the stadiums. Here are a few times when clothing choices caused a stir at the World Cup.
Iranian fans used the clothes – both holding them and wearing them – to protest Mahsa Amini’s death. A young woman died in the custody of Iran’s morality police, who arrested her for wearing what were considered inappropriate clothes.
A fan wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words “Woman, Life, Freedom” at Iran’s match against Wales last Tuesday was forced to change before she could continue watching the game because the words are a Kurdish slogan for women’s rights protesters.
A protester in front of the same match held an Iranian soccer jersey with the name of Mahsa Amini and her age, 22. The demonstrator applied make-up that resembled blood flowing from her eyes. Next to her, another protester was waving an Iranian flag with the words “Woman, Life, Freedom” in the middle white stripe. They were both approached by security who appeared to take away the shirt and flag.
Security confiscated rainbow bucket hats from some Wales fans to symbolize their support for LGBTQ rights. Rainbow Wall, the group behind the hats, wrote that only women were asked to remove their hats.
American journalist Grant Wall said he was detained for 25 minutes for refusing to change into a rainbow shirt.
In his Substack column, he wrote that the security commander later approached him to apologize and say he would be let through.
“One of the security guards told me they were just trying to protect me from the fans inside who might hurt me for wearing the shirt,” he wrote in the column. “The whole episode made me wonder: What’s it like for ordinary Qataris to be able to wear a rainbow shirt when the world isn’t looking at them?”
I’m fine, but it was an unnecessary ordeal. I’m in the media center, still in my shirt. They lasted almost half an hour. Get Gay 🌈 https://t.co/S3INBoCz89
— Follow GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) November 21, 2022
Costumes of the Templars
At other football matches, English fans dressed up in artificial mail, swords and shields. FIFA has reportedly ordered attendees not to wear costumes that could be inspired by the Knights Templar.
Knights played a significant role in the Crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries, when Christian Western Europeans fought to capture holy sites from Muslim control.
“Crusader costumes in an Arab context can be offensive to Muslims. That’s why anti-discrimination colleagues have asked fans to wear things inside out or change their dress,” said a FIFA official. The Times.
Two England fans dressed as knights were reportedly stopped and forced to strip before they could watch what was left of the game.
The photo from England’s match against Iran shows that there were people in uniform in the stadium.
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