An unexpected scene unfolded before the match between England and Iran at the World Cup in Qatar when a female English fan lifted her shirt and showed off her breasts after being egged on by fans.
The incident was captured on video while the young woman with an English flag painted on her cheeks, was walking down the stairs and to the delight of the bystanders flashed her breasts.
The question of what will happen in the next few hours, i.e. whether a punitive sentence will be imposed on the woman, is fatefully raised, given that the incident took place in a regime with particularly strict rules for women.
It is the first time that the matches for the World Cup are held in the Middle East, but the cases concerning the lack of respect towards human rights concern the international community.
⚠️ Imágenes previas de la primera mujer presa en Qatar 🇶🇦 pic.twitter.com/cn6qPz00dF
— turco (@ElTurcales) November 19, 2022
Meanwhile, a US sports journalist said he was briefly detained by security staff after he wore a rainbow shirt to USA’s World Cup opener against Wales in Qatar.
He was detained when he tried to enter the stadium while wearing a rainbow shirt in support of the LGBTQ community in a country where same-sex relations are illegal.
Grant Wahl, who works for CBS Sports and writes a popular Substack column, said the security denied him entry to the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan and asked him to take his shirt off.
He said his phone was taken away when he tweeted about the incident. He was then detained for 25 minutes and told to remove his shirt.
I’m 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 🌈 https://t.co/S3INBoCz89
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) November 21, 2022
Wahl further said that a security commander later approached him, apologized and allowed him into the venue. He also later received an apology from a representative of FIFA, soccer's international governing body, Wahl wrote in his Substack column, as reported by The Guardian.
Seven European World Cup countries earlier on Monday ditched plans for their respective captains to wear OneLove armbands after FIFA threatened to issue yellow cards to any player wearing the multi-coloured armband, which was introduced to support diversity and inclusion.