In Wales’ second group match at the World Cup in Qatar this morning against Iran, supporters with rainbow colored hats and flags are suddenly welcome in the stadium. This was announced by the Football Association of Wales.
This means that rainbow expressions in the Dutch national team’s next match, this afternoon against Ecuador, are also possible. It is unclear why this form of protest against the situation in Qatar is suddenly allowed.
Rainbow in all its forms rejected at the World Cup in Qatar
In the first match against the United States, various Welsh fans, including rainbow colored hats, were refused entry to the stadium. “We have received confirmation from FIFA that hats and rainbow colored flags are permitted in the stadium. All stadiums have been notified,” the Football Association of Wales said.
Earlier this week, a Wales fan was seen in Qatar in amazement. She wore a hat and was refused entry to the football stadium when her country played America. It wasn’t really clear if she had deliberately chosen the rainbow, or just “colored”, but probably so. Either way, the headgear had to be removed.
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During this World Cup, there is a lot to do on expressions that promote inclusion. The captains of the Netherlands, Germany, England, Wales, Belgium, Switzerland and Denmark wanted to play in Qatar with the special OneLove captain’s armband. However, FIFA announced that yellow cards would follow, after which the national associations decided to abandon the plan.
No protest with the OneLove group
The Netherlands, England and Wales are today backing down from protesting on the pitch against the ban on wearing the OneLove captain’s armband (with which the KNVB blundered earlier). England national coach Gareth Southgate and his Wales colleague Rob Page want football players to focus on athletic performance itself. Orange national coach Louis van Gaal told a press conference that he and his team no longer wanted to be distracted and that the focus should be on the world title. The Dutch national team has already met migrant workers in Qatar. The players talked to them and played football.
Earlier this week, the German national team covered their mouths in the team photo in protest at the situation in Qatar. Iran team did not sing during the national anthem, but it had to do with the terrible scenes in their own country.
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