FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar allows rainbow colors in the stadium

Stand: 25.11.2022 8:31 am

Abrupt turn in the discussion about rainbow colors in the World Cup stadiums: Qatar gives up its negative attitude and allows the symbolic colors of the LGBTQ + community from the second day of the preliminary round.

World Cup host Qatar will abandon its restrictive stance on rainbow colors in stadiums. With the start of the second round of the group stage on Friday (November 25, 2022), supporters who show their support for the LGBTQ+ community with shirts, bandages and similar symbols can no longer be harassed by security personnel.

Welsh FA confirms easing

According to information from the “Independent”, all national associations involved in the World Cup final have been informed by the world federation FIFA about the host’s corresponding assurance.

On Thursday evening (November 24, 2022) on Twitter, the Wales Association was the only association to receive confirmation from FIFA for the group match against Iran (Friday, November 25, 2022, live from 11 a.m. on ARD and in the live stream on “All World Cup venues have been contacted and instructed to adhere to the agreed rules and regulations,” said the Welshman.

The DFB could not confirm that they had received such an assurance from FIFA. When asked about sports shows, it was said that no word had been received from the world federation as of Thursday evening.

Fans and journalists were repeatedly harassed

Stadium visitors have been repeatedly asked in recent days to take off their colorful clothing and cover the accompanying motifs. Qatari security forces also harassed journalists covering the World Cup.

resistance has grown

Recently, however, not only fans, but also politicians such as German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser had opposed the Qatari restrictions. Faeser wore the FIFA-banned “One Love” bracelet in the stands during Germany’s preliminary round match against Japan.

Protest gesture by the DFB-Elf at the team photo

The German national team had decided not to wear it in order to protect themselves from possible penalties from FIFA. Instead, the German internationals practiced silent protest with a hand over their mouth during the team photo.

Denmark is considering leaving FIFA

Other European football associations go one step further. For example, Denmark announced that it was considering leaving the World Football Association because of the dispute with FIFA. “This is not a decision that has been made now. We have been aware of this for a long time. We have been discussing it in the Scandinavian region since August,” said association president Jesper Möller.


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