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World Cup: Denied access to the stadium for English supporters dressed as crusaders


LE SCAN SPORT - The suits were deemed offensive to the Muslim population by security around the stadium.

Several England fans were denied access to the stadium for Monday's game between England and Iran because of the Crusader costumes they were wearing.

England fans regularly wear the military uniforms with St. George's Cross prints (red on a white background) at sporting events, symbolizing England's conquests in the 11th and 12th centuries.

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The attire was deemed offensive by the organization of the event in Qatar.

Despite their protests to the officials who remained very firm, the fans were forced to leave the surroundings of the enclosure, say the media from across the Channel.

Footage of security checks outside Khalifa Stadium in Doha does indeed show England fans being held outside, prevented from entering by security.

An association fighting against discrimination had nevertheless alerted supporters traveling to Qatar to the risks of banishment linked to this very common costume for supporters.


We warn fans attending World Cup matches that certain outfits, such as knights or crusaders costumes, may not be welcome in Qatar and other Islamic countries,

" a doorman said. -word of the group.

The English Foreign Office had also recommended that English travelers familiarize themselves with local customs.

Multicolored bucket hats also banned in stadiums

Last Monday, several Welsh supporters reported that the multicolored and rainbow hats had been confiscated by stadium security.

An American journalist, Grant Wahl, had confirmed the facts by explaining that he had been detained for twenty-five minutes because he was wearing a rainbow-colored t-shirt.

According to this journalist, the security service would have assured that it would be "

to protect him from the fans inside the stadium who could take him to task because of his t-shirt


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