Qatari academic says he’s ‘proud’ US journalist Grant Wahl arrested for wearing rainbow shirt

Qatari academic Dr Nayef bin Nahar said to himself

Qatari academic Dr Nayef bin Nahar said he was ‘proud’ US journalist Grant Wahl was arrested for wearing a rainbow t-shirt

A Qatari academic said he was “proud” that American football journalist Grant Wahl was refused entry to a World Cup stadium in Qatar for wearing a rainbow jersey.

Wahl attended the America’s first game tournament against Wales on Monday and wore a black t-shirt with a rainbow colored circle wrapped around a soccer ball, in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

He took to Twitter to claim that he was initially denied entry to Al Rayyan’s Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. He also revealed that shortly after sending his first tweet, security personnel “forced his phone out of his hands”.

Wahl’s account was widely condemned on social media, but Dr Nayef bin Nahar, Director of Social Sciences at Qatar Universityhad another point of view.

Retweeting Wahl, he said: “As a Qatari, I’m proud of what happened.

“I don’t know when Westerners will understand that their values ​​are not universal. There are other cultures with different values ​​that should be respected as well.

“Let’s not forget that the West is not the spokesperson for humanity.

American football journalist Wahl has claimed he was refused entry to a World Cup stadium in Qatar for wearing a rainbow t-shirt before the United States opener. United against Wales on Monday

American football journalist Wahl has claimed he was refused entry to a World Cup stadium in Qatar for wearing a rainbow t-shirt before the United States opener. United against Wales on Monday

The United States kicks off its campaign at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan at 2 p.m. ET

The United States kicks off its campaign at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan at 2 p.m. ET

According to the Qatar University website, Bin Nahar is director of humanities and social sciences.

He apparently has seven books, one of which is called “Introduction to International Relations”.

The World Cup in Qatar has been criticized for ‘sportswashing’ due to the host country’s poor human rights record, particularly the treatment of LGBTQ+ community.

In Qatar, male homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment and same-sex marriages are not recognized by the government.

No later than this montha Qatar World Cup ambassador has told a German TV station that homosexuality is “damaging to the mind” and it remains illegal to be gay in the conservative Muslim country.

Wahl was attending his homeland’s first World Cup match against Wales and wrote on social media: “Just now: Security guard refuses to let me into stadium for USA-Country of Wales. “You have to change your shirt. It’s not allowed.”‘

About 50 minutes later, he posted again to reassure fans and social media users, revealing that he had been detained for almost half an hour.

He added: “I’m fine, but it was an unnecessary ordeal.” I’m in the media center, I’m still wearing my shirt. Was detained for nearly half an hour. Come on gays.’

Wahl later revealed he was finally allowed into the media center after being held for almost half an hour and reassured social media users that he was fine.

Wahl later revealed he was finally allowed into the media center after being held for almost half an hour and reassured social media users that he was fine.

A security guard reportedly told Wahl his shirt was “political” and therefore prohibited, while another refused to return the phone.

Wahl revealed that Andrew Das, a New York Times reporter, walked past and was also arrested after Wahl informed him of what was happening.

Das was eventually released, while Wahl was questioned if he was from the UK, to which he informed them he was from New York.

A security commander eventually arrived on the scene and apologized to Wahl before letting him go. Wahl said a FIFA official also apologized.

Wahl’s tweet comes amid another scandal to hit the tournament after FIFA revealed team captains could face booking and potential suspension if they accept their decision to wear the arc armband -OneLove rainbow as a sign of solidarity for the LGBT+ community.

Captains from nine European nations, including American Group B rivals Harry Kane and Wales Gareth Baleplanned to wear One Love armbands promoting inclusivity and LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar, a country that criminalizes homosexual relations.

England and six European nations have since confirmed they will not wear OneLove armbands in Qatar after FIFA threatened sporting sanctions for those who wear them.

The decision has been made that England captain Harry Kane will not wear the One Love armband

The decision has been made that England captain Harry Kane will not wear the One Love armband

The FA made the call amid fears the England skipper could be booked immediately for it

The FA made the call amid fears the England skipper could be booked immediately for it

The English FA expected a fine for breaching FIFA statutes, but the prospect of Kane being booked, and therefore subject to suspension, was a scenario that worried the English football governing body.

The talismanic Three Lions forward didn’t don the armband in their opener against Iran in Group B USA.

FIFA has strict rules regarding what clothing players can wear and armbands are not allowed under the code.

The start of the tournament has already turned into something of a farce after a series of controversies in recent days, including a last-minute one alcohol ban, a largely empty stadium for the opening ceremony and thousands involved in a crash to enter FIFA fan zones.

The tournament had several controversies in the build-up, including a last-minute alcohol ban

The tournament had several controversies in the build-up, including a last-minute alcohol ban

The fan festival is one of the few places in the host country where visiting fans can purchase alcohol

The fan festival is one of the few places in the host country where visiting fans can purchase alcohol

The oil-rich nation has faced a barrage of criticism over its treatment of foreign workers, LGBT rights and social restrictions, staking its reputation on holding a fluid tournament. He was accused of trying to stage the World Cup with ‘fake fans’ to ensure positive coverage.

The United States made its own statement last week when it redesigned its crest to incorporate the rainbow flag, in a bid to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

The USMNT appears to have taken a stand immediately upon arriving in Doha, changing the usual red stripes on its crest to a rainbow around its team’s base.

Photos of the Al Gharrafa SC stadium in Al Rayyan, where the US team trained last Monday, showed a huge US crest on the wall, alongside the slogan “One Nation”.

The US national team crest changed from its usual red to rainbow colors last week

The US national team crest changed from its usual red to rainbow colors last week

Before the change the flag stripes were all red – but now they are rainbow colors

It is understood that the crest of the team’s kits on the pitch will not be changed, but the new colors will be displayed at their training facilities.

Neil Buethe, USMNT director of communications, told DailyMail.com: “Our rainbow badge plays an important and consistent role in the identity of American football.”

“As part of our approach to any game or event, we include rainbow branding to support and embrace the LGBTQ community, as well as to promote a spirit of inclusion and welcome for all fans around the world. .

“As a result, the venues we will manage and operate during the FIFA World Cup, such as the team hotel, media areas and parties, will feature both traditional US Soccer branding and arch- in sky.”

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