Grant Wahl was let into the stadium after an ‘unnecessary ordeal’ (Picture: Twitter/@GrantWahl)
An American journalist says he was detained at the Qatar World Cup because he was wearing a T-shirt displaying an LGBTQ+ rainbow.
Grant Wahl said a security guard refused to let him into the stadium when he tried to enter to watch the USA-Wales game this evening.
The guard reportedly told him: ‘You have to change your shirt, it’s not allowed’ before he ‘forcibly ripped’ Grant’s phone out of his hands.
The reporter says another member of staff at the stadium said his shirt was ‘political’ while someone else ‘stood above’ him and said: ‘You can make this easy. Take off your shirt.’
Grant was eventually let into the media centre after what he called ‘an unnecessary ordeal’.
The sports writer, from New York, tweeted: ‘I’m still wearing my shirt. Was detained for nearly half an hour. Go gays.’
Wales’ Rainbow Wall, a group of LGBTQ+ supporters, have meanwhile tweeted that female supporters wearing rainbow bucket hats have had them confiscated.
Iâm OK, but that was an unnecessary ordeal. Am in the media center, still wearing my shirt. Was detained for nearly half an hour. Go gays ð https://t.co/S3INBoCz89
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) November 21, 2022
Our rainbow bucket hat. We are so proud of them, BUT news on the ground tonight is our welsh female supporters wearing them in #Qatar are having them taken off them, Not the men, just Women. @FIFAcom ARE YOU SERIOUS !!#LGBTQRights ð´ó §ó ¢ó ·ó ¬ó ³ó ¿ð³ï¸âðð³ï¸ââ§ï¸#WeBelong | #NoPrideWithoutAll pic.twitter.com/bvo9y51WzG
— The Rainbow Wall ð³ï¸âðð³ï¸ââ§ï¸ð´ó §ó ¢ó ·ó ¬ó ³ó ¿ (@TheRainbowWall) November 21, 2022
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The group said: ‘Our rainbow bucket hats – we are so proud of them. But news on the ground tonight is our welsh female supporters wearing them in Qatar are having them taken off them. Not the men, just women.
A US supporter was also reportedly threatened on the Metro for carrying a small rainbow flag while travelling to the stadium.
The man who appeared to be a Qatar supporter threatened to ‘kill’ him and was saying the flag ‘was not allowed’.
‘We have our own culture.’ he added.
Wales and US fans, as well as Qatari security guards, are said to have intervened to protect the fan carrying the flag.
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