The World Cup federation has been informed by FIFA that the rainbow flag “will not be banned” in stadiums for the next round of matches, and that Qatar has now provided assurances to the governing body on the matter after a series of incidents that culminated in the team. the captains of the seven UEFA federations don’t wear the OneLove armband.
Color has been one of the tournament’s flashpoints, as so many players, officials and fans wanted to show a gesture of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community over Qatar’s laws and culture around homosexuality.
Some supporters and media have seized clothing with rainbow flags, especially with security even directing that bucket hats must be removed.
Independent have been told of cases where Welsh fans wore only the country’s colors – red, yellow, white and green – only to be told to take them off.
A number of federations have discussed this with FIFA, given that they were told in advance that this would be an open World Cup, and the global governing body has now sent a note to the federations that it had been given assurances by the tournament’s Safety and Security Operations Committee. that the rainbow goods will not be confiscated again.
So far letters have been forwarded to security at the stadium, in order to prevent what was described as a “local incident”.
While officials naturally see it as a welcome development, it could potentially deepen one of the World Cup’s many flashpoints if there were any more such seizures.
The question some within the federation are asking is whether FIFA can even rely on such guarantees, given the nature of the security Qatar has been operating.