DOHA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – A handful of Qataris wore pro-Palestinian armbands at the World Cup match between Japan and Germany on Wednesday, amid a row over political symbols allowed on the main soccer field, according to photos posted on Twitter. They were. Event.
The armbands featured the black and white design of the floor scarf, which is synonymous with the Palestinian cause, and was a clear response to players and officials protesting FIFA’s move to ban players wearing the “OneLove” armband on the pitch.
Reuters confirmed photos tweeted by eyewitnesses of the stadium.
Nearby, German Interior Minister Nancy Pfizer wore a OneLove armband featuring a multi-colored striped heart that promotes inclusion and opposes discrimination.
Last week, seven European teams abandoned plans to wear armbands on the pitch after FIFA threatened to sanction them.
Before the start of the game on Wednesday, German players put their hands over their mouths during a team photo in protest of the world soccer movement.
Japan then defeated Germany 2-1.
Qatari officials are increasingly frustrated by unfair criticism of the decision to award the World Cup to Qatar, particularly by German officials including Fesser.
The World Cup, the first to be held in a Middle Eastern country, has focused attention on LGBT rights in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal but some LGBT residents say they enjoy more freedoms than their counterparts across the region.
A couple of highly publicized incidents of barring ticket holders with pro-LGBT rainbow designs from World Cup stadiums have fueled debate over whether political symbols are allowed at the games.
The tournament has also fueled pro-Palestinian sentiment among some locals, particularly in response to the Qatari government’s decision to allow direct flights from Tel Aviv to the World Cup, as well as a delegation of Israeli diplomats to handle logistics.
Between 10,000 and 20,000 Israeli fans are estimated to visit Qatar during the month-long tournament.
Israelis generally avoid traveling to Qatar, which does not officially recognize Israel and considers the state of Palestine a condition for recognition.
Reporting by Andrew Mills; Edited by Paul Simao
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