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FIFA has lifted the ban on the use of LGBT flags and other symbols of rainbow colors during the matches of the World Cup in Qatar, informs The Independent.
According to the publication, the football federations of all countries participating in the tournament received guarantees from the Qatari authorities through FIFA that the rainbow flag would no longer be banned in stadiums from the next round of group stage games.
The Guardian confirms this information with reference to the Welsh Football Federation. On November 21, fans from Wales, who came to the first match of their national team in Group B against the US team, have security guards in front of the entrance to the stadium confiscated rainbow hats and other LGBT symbols. The Welsh Federation condemned the actions of the Qatari authorities and initiated urgent negotiations with the organizers of the World Cup.
As a result, according to the newspaper, FIFA assured the Welsh federation that fans in rainbow clothes and with LGBT flags would be allowed to play Friday’s match against Iran and that this policy would be applied at all World Cup venues.
The case of Wales fans is far from an isolated scandal over the rainbow symbols at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, whose authorities persecute LGBT people. On November 23, the German national team covered their mouths with their hands before the match against Japan as they protested FIFA’s ban on national team captains wearing rainbow headbands with the words One Love, symbolizing support for equality and inclusiveness.
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- Germany football players covered their mouths with their hands in a photo before the 2022 World Cup match. This is a protest against the ban on One Love rainbow headbands.