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‘Tattoos are not clothing’: Qatar issues rules for visiting fans

Organisers have issued a code of conduct that states football fans should not wear their shirts and shouldn’t be “visibly impaired by alcohol” at World Cup venues in Qatar.

Fifa has created a “stadium code” of conduct that is applicable to all 64 matches within the Gulf state.

One section provides advice to ticket holders on their behavior at the stadium. It also lists the things they should not do.


Clothing

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Fans are not allowed to remove clothing or remain undressed, even if they’re wearing shirts.

They cannot also “reveal intimate body parts”.

“Body tattoos and body painting do not constitute clothing,” the guidance states.

The UK Foreign Office recommends that visitors to Qatar “dress modestly” when in public.

Image A fan from England shows off his tattoos during the 2018 World Cup in Russia


Alcohol

Match-goers must not be “visiblely under the influence” of alcohol, narcotics, or any other narcotic substance.

The Foreign Office warns that it is a crime to drink alcohol in public and can result in a six-month prison sentence or a fine.

Alcohol was banned from being sold in stadiums two days prior to the tournament’s start. However, it will still be available for corporate spectators.

Qatar ordered Budweiser, but alcohol will not be sold throughout the tournament.


Banned Items

The following items are prohibited from stadiums: “Bottles, cups and jars as well as any other closed or capped container that could be thrown or cause injury.”

It is forbidden to bring in any food, except for medically necessary or babies’ food.

Doha is expected to experience temperatures of up to 30C (86F) during the day. Fans will be directed to the ground kiosks for food and water.

Fans of inflatable balls and other inflatable items such as balloons are also affected by the ban.

All hopes of a ticker tape welcome for players involving loo roll or other materials are doomed, as “significant amounts of paper or any rolls” are a no-no.

The second section explains that materials which are “political or offensive and/or discriminatory in nature” and contain wording, symbols, or other attributes that could be used to discriminate of any kind are prohibited.

Image: The inflatable kangaroo on the stands in 2018 wouldn’t be allowed in Qatar. Pic by AP


Vuvuzelas and musical instruments

In the lead-up to the tournament in Doha, fans have been honking their horns. However, vuvuzelas are prohibited in stadiums.

Although the sound of plastic horns was familiar throughout South Africa’s 2010 World Cup, their constant toting by fans caused controversy, especially for viewers who were watching from television.

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Fans must approve any musical instruments that “do not fit easily” through security screening’s X-ray baggage scanner.

The document states that ticket holders may be required to cease using musical instruments if they interfere with event operations or the enjoyment by other ticket holders.

“Electronics, mechanical, or manual devices that generate noise or other excessively high sounds, such as whistles, vuvuzelas, loudspeakers, heaters for drums, etc., are also prohibited.”

Image England supporters show support for the 2010 World Cup, South Africa


What size bag can fans carry?

Bags must be able and able to be stored underneath seats.

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