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FIFA World Cup: US Journalist ‘Detained’ At The Qatar Stadium For Sporting Rainbow Shirt

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According to a US reporter covering the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, he was detained for donning a rainbow-colored shirt that supported the LGBTQ community. Grant Wahl, who owns a sports website and formerly worked for Sports Illustrated, tweeted that he was turned away from the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan on Monday because of his jersey, which featured a soccer ball surrounded by a rainbow.

Wahl tweeted that he was told: “You have to change your shirt. It’s not allowed.”

When he tweeted about the incident, he later stated that his phone had been taken away.

“I’m OK, but that was an unnecessary ordeal,” Wahl wrote on Twitter.

Wahl added that a security commander eventually came up to him and apologized, allowing him to enter the area. Additionally, he claimed that a FIFA official had sent him an apology. In accordance with Qatari legislation, engaging in same-sex conduct is forbidden and can result in harsher punishments, including seven years in prison.

The death sentence is the harshest sanction for same-sex relationships in the nation under sharia law. Due to its human rights history, Qatar’s choice as the host country for the FIFA World Cup match has generated a great deal of controversy. According to Human Rights Watch, between 2019 and 2022, there were six severe and repeated beatings and five sexual harassment against LGBTQ+ people detained by the police.

“While Qatar prepares to host the World Cup, security forces are detaining and abusing LGBT people simply for who they are, apparently confident that the security force abuses will go unreported and unchecked,” it said.

“Qatari authorities need to end impunity for violence against LGBT people. The world is watching.”

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