The Qatari crackdown on support for the LGBTQ community has extended to credentialed media.
Journalist Grant Wahl, who runs a Substack covering soccer and formerly wrote for Sports Illustrated, tweeted that he was not let into the stadium for Monday’s US-Wales 2022 World Cup match because of his shirt, which had a soccer ball surrounded by a rainbow.
Wahl tweeted that he was told: “You have to change your shirt. It’s not allowed.”
Later in the day, Wahl tweeted an update, saying he was “OK, but that was an unnecessary ordeal.
“Am in the media centre, still wearing my shirt. Was detained for nearly half an hour. Go gays,” Wahl wrote.
The New York Post reports the implication as to why he was detained is not subtle.
Earlier on Monday, FIFA threatened European team captains with automatic yellow cards for wearing a “OneLove” armband, as they had planned to do, leading England’s Harry Kane to back down and wear a FIFA-sanctioned armband instead.
BBC presenter Alex Scott, who has been in relationships with men and women in the past, donned the armband on the British outlet’s coverage of England’s 6-2 win over Iran.
A video of a Welsh fan also appearing to be denied entry into a stadium in Qatar while wearing a rainbow-coloured hat has also been spreading across the internet.
— This story originally appeared on nypost.com and has been republished with permission
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