FIFA has confirmed that fans will be allowed to wear rainbow hats and take rainbow flags into the stadium for Wales’ match against Iran this morning – after they were confiscated ahead of the team’s 1-1 draw with the USA earlier this week.
The Football Association of Wales said that the stadiums in Qatar They were contacted and instructed to follow the agreed rules and regulations, including the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayman where the Dragons will face Iran in their second Group B match at 10am (UK time).
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The agreement, specifically between Wales and FAW only – comes after the first week of the tournament was marred by FIFA’s handling of LGBTQ+ letter or symbol.
its administrative body He threatened to book team captains Who wear the pro-inclusivity OneLove badge.
All eyes will be on the Welsh and England players to see if they follow Germany’s lead and stand before the game.
Germany’s players covered their mouths during a team photo ahead of their 2-1 defeat by Japan to show “FIFA is silencing us” by shutting down attempts to wear rainbow OneLove armbands.
England coach Gareth Southgate He did not rule out his team making a gesture before their match with the United States to highlight human rights concerns, but said they would not be pressured to do so.
The match kicks off at 7:00 pm at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
Seven European countries competing in the World Cup — including Germany, England and Wales — plan to wear anti-discrimination OneLove armbands during the tournament, But they were dissuaded from doing so following the threat of sporting sanctions by FIFA.
Southgate said: “I think we have to be comfortable knowing what we stand for.
“It’s not to say that we wouldn’t do anything going forward if the timing was right, but I think we’ll rush to see if we do something we can make a mistake that doesn’t go well.”
FAW chief executive Neil Mooney said rainbow hats and flags should never be confiscated from football fans in the first place.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said FAW were “appalled” to hear that rainbow bucket hats had been taken from fans and staff in Qatar.
He said the FAW had written to FIFA and noted that they had been “held the promise of an open and inclusive World Cup”.
“Thankfully, they got back in the last few hours, writing to say our fans can wear rainbow-related clothing tomorrow, including bucket hats,” he said.
“We’re glad the fans can do it. It should never have been the case that they were confiscated in the first place.
“We have in writing from FIFA that it is okay for them to wear what they like.”