England fans wearing full-on crusader costumes are banned from World Cup stadiums
England fans have been asked not to dress up in crusader costumes in order to avoid upsetting Muslims at the Twitter appeared to show two England fans wearing chain mail and helmets being turned around by officials prior to Monday’s victory over Iran.
Crusader costumes could offend Qataris. The most well-known Crusades took place between 1095-1291, when Christian armies attempted to seize Jerusalem from Islamic rule. Kick It Out, an anti-racism organization, has advised England fans not to wear the costumes to matches at World Cup. Officials at Qatari stadiums may not take it well to such attire.
The spokesperson stated that fans attending FIFA World Cup matches should be aware that fancy-dress costumes depicting knights and crusaders may not be accepted in Qatar or other Islamic countries. “Foreign Office travel advice before the tournament stated that fans should be familiar with local customs and we encourage them to do so.
Many England fans were seen in knight costumes at the World Cup in Qatar. This is despite the fact that Qatar has strict laws and customs. It raised concerns about whether they should be careful not to upset locals by dressing up as crusaders during Three Lions matches. Iman Atta (director of Tell Mama), a UK project that monitors Islamophobic hate in the UK, advised those following England at World Cup not to dress insensitively despite the fact that such costumes cannot be worn to antagonize Qatari residents.
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The Telegraph. We also know this is not done in an attempt to irritate Qataris, but to support England.
“We believe that every World Cup should be inclusive and allow fans to enjoy their favorite games and feel secure and safe. We believe in this principle, but Qataris should be aware of their deep sensitivities.
Ashley Brown, the chief of Football Supporters’ Association insists that fans who were turned away for being dressed as crusaders did not intend to offend Muslims in Qatar. However, such costumes should be considered.
He explained that he thinks it was naivety and not intentional. “They are dressing up as St George, patron saint of the Jews, but maybe they don’t understand the implications of what they’re wearing.”
The UK government advised England fans not to offend Qataris in Qatar before the World Cup began. This is the first time that the World Cup has been held in the Middle East. Gareth Southgate’s team will hope to continue their strong start in the tournament against the USA in their next match, which will take place at Al Bayt Stadium on Friday.