Ahead of the World Cup match between England and the United States on Friday, soccer’s governing body FIFA said the Crusaders’ outfit was worn by English fans. they are “offensive”.
Some English fans attend sporting events He is dressed as the English Shepherd Saint GeorgeEquipped with plastic helmets, crosses and swords.
FIFA told CNN: “Crusader uniforms in an Arab or Middle Eastern context can be offensive to Muslims. That’s why the anti-discrimination colleagues have asked fans to put things inside or change their clothes.”
Pictures from security checks outside one of the eight stadiums in Qatar show English fans dressed in crusader uniforms Security prevented them from entering the squarecausing them to have to turn around and leave.
The Qatari authorities began to prevent England fans from wearing crusader costumes in the stadiums.
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Christian armies fought against Muslims during More than 200 years to regain control of Jerusalem and its surroundings, which was under Islamic rule.
Simon John, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Swansea University in South Wales, explained the significance of the Crusades in the Islamic world.
“As soon as you know anything about the history of the Crusades, you know that they would produce such a reaction in the Muslim world,” he told NBC News. “We’re talking about a period of history that is still widely remembered and widely talked about in the Islamic world in a quite detailed way; it’s just not the same in the West,” John added.
“The laws and customs in Qatar are very different from those in the UK. British fans are advised by the Foreign Office to please monitor their behavior to ensure they do not offend.
FIFA is cracking down on these crusader uniforms after footage emerged of England fans wearing them in the team’s first match against Iran.
Culture and human rights issues took center stage at the World Cup in Qatar, as some Welsh supporters were ordered to remove their rainbow-coloured LGBT hats for their team’s match against the United States.
However, a FIFA official told The Times of London: “It is striving to create Discrimination-free environmentTo promote diversity throughout the organization and in all its activities and events.
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