FIFA says Wales followers can put on rainbow hats


DOHA, Qatar — The Welsh soccer federation mentioned FIFA has supplied assurances that followers carrying rainbow symbols will probably be allowed at Friday’s World Cup recreation in opposition to Iran.

The federation had requested FIFA for readability on stories some Wales followers have been stopped from taking rainbow bucket hats and flags into the staff’s World Cup opener in opposition to the US on Monday.

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“FIFA has confirmed that fans with Rainbow Wall bucket hats and rainbow flags will be allowed entry to the stadium,” the Welsh federation posted Thursday to social media.

The Rainbow Wall is Wales’ LGBTQ supporters’ group.

The federation added that all World Cup venues have been “contacted and instructed to observe the agreed guidelines & rules.”

FIFA confirmed that it has been in touch with the Welsh federation and reiterated the long-standing ensures from the Qatari authorities that LGBTQ symbols could be allowed into the eight World Cup stadiums.

Nonetheless, the governing physique has no authority over stadium safety, which is managed by the native organising committee.

Rainbow imagery, a logo of LGBTQ rights, is frowned upon in a rustic the place same-sex relations are criminalised.

In April, a senior Qatari safety official overseeing match preparations instructed followers carrying rainbow flags may have them eliminated to guard them from potential assaults.

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