Qatar 2022, Fifa bans the British from dressing as crusaders: offensive to Muslims

The news reported by the Times, even the anti-discrimination group Kick it out does not recommend it

It is forbidden for English fans to dress up as crusaders at the World Cup match between England and the United States in Qatar: the Times writes it, quoting Fifa. “Crusaders in the Arab context can be offensive against Muslims,” ​​writes the newspaper. Those wearing chain mail, plastic swords and shields with the cross of St. George will not be able to enter the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha. A video shared on Twitter showed two fans dressed in crusader costumes apparently being rejected from entering a Qatari stadium by security personnel.

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out also advised fans against wearing costumes depicting knights or crusaders, reminiscent of the religious wars Christians waged against Muslims during the Middle Ages. “We would like to advise fans attending World Cup matches that some outfits, such as fancy dress costumes representing knights or crusaders, may not be welcomed in Qatar and other Islamic countries. Foreign Ministry travel advice issued earlier of the tournament have suggested that fans should familiarize themselves with local customs and we encourage fans to adopt this approach.”