FIFA World Cup 2022 Doha: When a US journalist attempted to enter a World Cup stadium in Qatar on Monday while representing the LGBTQ community by donning a rainbow jersey in a nation where same-sex relationships are prohibited, he was allegedly detained for a brief period.
The Journalist said his phone was taken away when he tweeted about the incident. In his tweet Grant Wahl wrote; I’m OK, but that was an unnecessary ordeal. Am in the media center, still wearing my shirt. Was detained for nearly half an hour. Go gays
A twitter user reacted by saying : The point is that Football/Soccer is for EVERYONE and it’s a disgrace that FIFA would allow a nation to host the largest tournament if they refuse to honor the game.
Another user wrote : Good. Journalists in a press box should look smart and as if they are there to work.
They shouldn’t dress as attention-seeking virtue-signallers wearing a t-shirt to cause a scene and get clout on Twitter.
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The rainbow became iconic in the LGBTQ community in the late 1970s as a symbol of diversity and inclusion. It has taken various incarnations, but the rainbow has continued to clearly represent the LGBTQ community for decades.
Former Sports Illustrated reporter Grant Wahl, who now runs his own website, stated that World Cup security forced him to take off his shirt and refused to let him enter the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan for the United States’ opening match against Wales.
He said his phone was taken away when he tweeted about the incident.
“I’m OK, but that was an unnecessary ordeal,” Grant Wahl wrote on Twitter.
Grant said a security commander later approached him, apologized and allowed him into the venue. He also later received an apology from a representative of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, he said.
FIFA has not yet released a comment or statement.
Earlier, The US men’s team showed their support for the LGBTQ community by way of a rainbow-themed logo at their training facility in Qatar as they prepare for this month’s World Cup.
Same-sex relationships are illegal in Qatar, and the host nation has been the subject of criticism for its LGBTQ policies as the World Cup approaches.
The design features seven rainbow-colored vertical stripes below “USA” in dark blue letters and is part of the “Be The Change” initiative the team adopted in 2020 with the goal of inspiring action on social justice issues.
Seven European World Cup countries earlier on Monday ditched plans for their respective captains to wear OneLove armbands after FIFA threatened to issue yellow cards to any player wearing the multi-coloured armband, which was introduced to support diversity and inclusion.
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