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World Cup in Qatar: Hottest fan Ivan Knoll responds to bikini photo posts on Instagram backlash

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The World Cup’s so-called “hottest fan” has said she won’t stop wearing flesh-flashing outfits — admitting she was “super angry” when she found out about the modesty laws in Qatar.

Croatian superfan Ivana Knoll has been attending the group stage games, causing a stir after stepping out in a striking hooded outfit and a chequered mini dress.

Pictures show her posing with fans as she has been taking part in bikini modelling jobs – including posing up by the curved skyscraper in Lusail.

But Knoll has already received abuse online from trolls calling for her to better respect the cultural code of Qatar.

And she admitted she frustrated was when she heard about the modesty rules before flying to the Middle East for the World Cup, The Sun reports.

But Ivana revealed she has been delighted with the response since she landed in Doha – and she has no fear of being arrested by cops.

“I think how can my dress or bikini can hurt someone? Please explain me that,” she said.

The 26-year-old said the authorities are “not making any problems” for her at the stadiums.

She regularly shares updates with her 700,000 followers on Instagram – being snapped in Qatar wearing swimsuits and bikinis.

The UK Foreign Office advised visitors to Qatar that women are expected to cover their shoulders and avoid wearing short skirts.

She said: “First I was thinking if the World Cup is happening there (Qatar), for sure they will allow us everything to make it comfortable for all fans without any of the restrictions.

“Then I heard about the rules and I was shocked. The dress code forbids showing shoulders, knees, belly and everything and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I don’t even have the clothes to cover all of that’.

“I was super angry because if I’m not a Muslim and if we in Europe respect hijab and niqab, I think they need also to respect our way of life, our religion and in the end me wearing dresses, bikinis because I’m Catholic from Croatia who is here because of the World Cup.

“But when I arrived I was surprised they were not making any problems about dressing, they allow you to wear everything what you want – except in government buildings, and in the end that’s fine.”

Asked if she had felt there was any risk of being arrested for her outfits, Ms Knoll replied: “I am never afraid of something like that.”

Ivana, who splits her time between Croatia and the United States, went on: “The reactions are very good.

“Many of the Qatari people came to me to photograph me.

“If they hate it and they have something against it, they wouldn’t do it.

“I think it’s just another way of life, me and them.”

Knoll said she was used to people asking for photographs, noting at the 2018 World Cup in Russia she received a lot of attention and went “viral” online.

Asked about Croatia’s chances in the 2022 tournament, Ms Knoll said: “At least I want what France took from us in Russia — at least that, nothing less.”

France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final in Russia.

Luka Modric’s men face Belgium on Thursday as they lead Group F after drawing with Morocco 0-0 before thumping Canada 4-1.

Glam footie fans had been warned they risked being slapped with huge fines or even put behind bars if they flashed their figures in Qatar.

Although non-Qatari women don’t need to wear the abaya — the long, black robe — their tops must cover their midriff and shoulders, and skirts, dresses and trousers must cover the knees.

Women travelling in to the Arab nation are also banned from wearing any tight clothing, or flashing any cleavage.

WAGs were advised to wear a scarf around their necks in a bid to cover up their busts.

“Visitors (men as well as women) are expected to show respect for local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothing in public,” the Qatar tourism authority warned before the World Cup.

“It is generally recommended for men and women to ensure their shoulders and knees are covered.”

And she hasn’t been scared to criticise Qatar’s World Cup, branding it a “disaster” after her itinerary was left in chaos.

The stunning brunette told her Instagram followers the winter tournament has “the worst organisation in history.”

She complained that some of her pals still hadn’t received their ‘Hayya’ cards — the personalised document required by all visitors attending World Cup matches in Qatar.

The clothing brand owner has wowed the world with her appearance at the World Cup in both 2014 and 2018.

— This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission

Story Credit: news.com.au

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