Monday December 4, 2023

FIFA Will Now Allow Rainbows and Protest Banners at World Cup

  • Fans' items with rainbow colors had been seized by stadium security staff.
  • Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.
Gay rights activist invades pitch during World Cup in Qatar
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The 2022 FIFA World Cup’s group stage is almost over, but the tournament’s organizers are still switching up their policies.

FIFA assured fans on Wednesday that they could bring rainbow items and banners supporting protests in Iran after the country was eliminated a day earlier.

  • Fans’ items with rainbow colors — a symbol of LGBTQ rights — and slogans such as “Women. Life. Freedom.” had been seized by stadium security staff throughout the tournament.
  • Homosexuality is illegal in host nation Qatar.

“FIFA is aware of some incidents where permitted items were not allowed to be displayed at stadiums,” the governing body wrote. “FIFA has received assurances by authorities that venue commanders have been contacted in relation to the agreed rules and regulations.”

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Hours before the tournament began, FIFA warned teams in the tournament that players would receive yellow cards if they wore multicolored “One Love” armbands during matches.

Saudis Say No

This year’s World Cup is the first time an Arab nation was awarded the tournament, and it could be a while until another hosts again.

Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia’s tourism minister Ahmed Al Khateeb said the nation was considering a joint bid with Egypt and Greece for the 2030 World Cup, but a tourism ministry spokesperson later clarified that “Saudi Arabia does not have an official bid to host the FIFA World Cup.”

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