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FIFA allows rainbow hats and flags ahead of Wales’ second World Cup game

FIFA has confirmed that fans will be permitted to wear rainbow bucket caps and bring rainbow flags into the stadium this morning for Wales’ match against Iran. This is after the captivity of the flags earlier in the week.

The Football Association of Wales stated that venues in Qatar were contacted and told to follow the rules and regulations. This includes the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayman, where The Dragons will play Iran in their second match in Group B at 10:01 (UK time).

It added that the FAW urged FIFA not to ignore their message that everyone will be welcomed in Qatar during the World Cup, and to continue to raise any other human rights issues.

“We believe that football is for everyone.”

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This is after the first week of tournament was marred by FIFA’s handling of LGBTQ+ symbols.

The governing body has threatened to book team captains wearing a pro-inclusivity OneLove armband.

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All eyes will be on England and Wales to see if they can follow Germany’s example and take a stand before the match.

Germany’s players covered up their mouths in a group photo before their defeat to Japan 2-1. This was to show that “FIFA is silence us” and stop people from wearing OneLove armbands with rainbow colours.

England boss Gareth Southgate said that his team could make a gesture in support of human rights concerns ahead of the game with the USA, but they won’t be forced to do so.

The match will start at 7pm at Al Bayt stadium, Al Khor.



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Seven European countries, including England, Wales, and Germany, were scheduled to wear OneLove antidiscrimination armbands at the World Cup, , but they were stopped by FIFA.

Southgate stated: “I think it’s important that we are comfortable with who we are and what we stand for.”

“That doesn’t mean we won’t do something moving forward if it’s the right timing, but I think that we are hurrying to be seen doing something, and we might make an error not landing well.”

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FAW chief executive Neil Mooney stated that rainbow bucket hats, flags and football fans should not have been taken away.

Sky Sports News interviewed him and he stated that the FAW were “appalled” to learn rainbow bucket hats had been stolen from Qatari staff and supporters.

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He stated that the FAW had written to FIFA, and pointed out that FIFA “promised an inclusive and open World Cup”.

He said, “Thankfully, they’ve returned just in the past few hours, in writing, to say that our supporters can wear rainbow-related clothing tomorrow including bucket hats.”

“We are glad that the fans can do this. They shouldn’t have been confiscated at all.

“We have FIFA written permission that they can wear what they want.”

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