An American journalist said he was briefly detained Monday when he tried to enter a World Cup stadium in Qatar while wearing a rainbow shirt in support of the LGBTQ community in a country where same-sex relations are illegal.
Grant Wahl, a former Sports Illustrated journalist who now has his own website, said World Cup security denied him access to the United States v. Wales opener at Ahmad Bin Ali stadium in Al Rayyan and asked him to to take off your shirt.
He said his phone was taken away when he tweeted about the incident.
“I’m fine, but that was an unnecessary ordeal,” Wahl wrote on Twitter.
He said a security commander later approached him, apologized and let him into the room. He also later received an apology from a representative of FIFA, the international governing body of football, he said.
Reuters has contacted FIFA for comment.
Seven European World Cup nations earlier on Monday dropped plans to wear OneLove armbands for their respective captains after FIFA threatened to issue yellow cards to players wearing the multicolored armband, which was introduced to support diversity and inclusion.
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