The Qatar 2022 World Cup has created many controversies, including protests by fans and players. The Football World Cup is considered the most important competition in this sport. It is one of the biggest sporting events held on the entire planet, as the best national teams compete.
For each country to compete with its national team in the World Cup, it needs to go through two stages that this tournament has. The first is a qualification process in which nearly 200 national teams currently participate.
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar has not been without its protests, and there are still three weeks to go. Players and nations have used the world stage to speak out against their own countries and the host nation of Qatar, which has been criticized for human rights abuses.
Several teams had planned to wear armbands in support of tolerance, connection, and opposition to all forms of discrimination. Despite FIFA’s ban on Qatar, it did not stop them from demonstrating.
Fans’ items with rainbow colours and slogans such as “Women. Life. Freedom.” had been seized by stadium security staff throughout the tournament.
A list of protesters
LGBT activists protest
On Monday, November 28, a person broke into the field of play during the Uruguay vs. Portugal. It was the first demonstration of its kind so far in the tournament. Seven European World Cup teams planned to wear rainbow armbands as a sign of inclusion and anti-discrimination, but FIFA threatened to impose sporting sanctions on those who took part in the protest.
Germany protests FIFA decision
Germany players covered their mouths for a team photo before their World Cup opener against Japan in protest of FIFA’s refusal to allow rainbow-themed armbands, the German team said in a statement posted on Twitter.
The captains of seven European teams had planned to wear the anti-discrimination armbands during the tournament in Qatar as part of a campaign for LBGTQ rights, but backed down under threat of disciplinary action from soccer’s governing body, including yellow cards.
Iran Hijab protest
Iran’s World Cup soccer team, in an apparent show of solidarity with fans at home protesting Tehran’s violent state crackdown on widespread protests, refused to sing their national anthem before their opening match against England. The silence came after team captain Ehsan Hajsafi spoke in support of the protests in Iran, which began after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in custody after being arrested for wearing an “inappropriate hijab.”
Many Iranians accused his team of siding with the ruling Shi’ite Muslim theocracy, even as dozens of Iranian public figures, athletes and artists expressed their support for the protesters.
Palestinians display their flag during matches and on the streets of Qatar during the World Cup. The Palestinian cause has received strong support and recognition so far during the World Cup in Qatar, with many fans taking the opportunity to display the flag during matches.
Robert Lewandowski, Poland’s captain, increased his support for Ukraine, pledging to wear an armband in the blue and yellow colors of the country’s flag to the World Cup in November. “I will wear the colors of Ukraine to the World Cup. As a player and a man, I support peace and I think these symbolic gestures are important,” he said.
Qatar’s judicial system, based on an interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah. Fans attending the World Cup should be mindful of Qatar’s cultural laws and customs.
ALCOHOL: Alcohol is served only in the restaurants and bars of the hotels that have licenses in Qatar. It is illegal to consume it elsewhere. However, non-Muslim residents of Doha who have a license to sell alcoholic beverages are allowed to drink at home.
DRUGS: Qatar is one of the world’s most restrictive nations when it comes to drugs, banning cannabis and even over-the-counter drugs like narcotics, sedatives, and amphetamines.
SEXUALITY: Qatar considers the cohabitation of single people of all genders a crime, using so-called indecency laws to punish extramarital sex. However, authorities say that unmarried couples can share hotel rooms during the World Cup without problems. On the streets, public displays of affection are “frowned upon,” says the government’s tourism website.
DRESS CODE: The Qatar government tourism website urges males and females to “show respect for local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothing in public.” Ask visitors to cover their shoulders and knees. Those in shorts and sleeveless tops may be turned away from government buildings and shopping malls. Women visiting the city’s mosques will be given headscarves.
Offenses against Islam: Article 256 says that “anyone who insults Allah, offends the Koran, offends the Islamic religion, curses any divine religion, insults any of the prophets or sabotages religious rites” may receive a sentence of up to seven years in prison.
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