World Cup 2022: England fans BANNED from dressing as ‘attacking’ Crusaders for game against USA

England fans dressed as Crusaders have been turned away from World Cup matches in Qatar because their costumes are “offensive to Muslims”.

Two disguised knights were reportedly seen on social media trying to get through security ahead of England game with Iran In Monday. They wore coats of mail and helmets bearing the cross of St. George.

It is claimed that the two men, who were also carrying fancy swords, were escorted by four officers to the security gate before kick-off.

And a similar experience could be in store for those attending tonight’s game against the United States, with The Times reporting that Three Lions fans have been banned from dressing as the Christian invaders.

It comes as England fans, who have long cheered on their team while wearing the costume of St George – the nation’s patron saint – at previous World Cups, find themselves in trouble for doing so this time around. .

FIFA and anti-racism groups say dressing up as Crusaders in an Arab country like Qatar could be considered offensive given the historical context.

Some Doha residents appear to have been upset by the choice of dress, given the religious wars between 1095 and 1291, when Christian armies fought to seize lands and holy places under Islamic control.

England fans dressed as Crusaders with chainmail, shields and swords are stopped by security outside a stadium in Qatar

England fans dressed as Crusaders with chainmail, shields and swords are stopped by security outside a stadium in Qatar

An England fan dressed as a Crusader kneels during a security check during the World Cup in Qatar

An England fan dressed as a Crusader kneels during a security check during the World Cup in Qatar

Prince William tells England team to avoid social media

Sam Greenhill, chief journalist in Doha

England manager Gareth Southgate revealed Prince William’s advice to the squad last night – avoid social media.

He said the heir to the throne gave valuable advice when they met before flying to Qatar.

Southgate said the team were taking his advice to focus on games rather than headlines and social media distractions.

He said: “We really like our base camp – we don’t have a TV in particular except for games.”

“Of course, I’m sure guys follow stuff on social media and the internet, but we’ve talked from time to time about the importance of ignoring these things.

“We actually brought in the future king and talked to the guys about it, which we couldn’t have paid better to say, about the social media management.”

Saluting his side ahead of today’s England-USA clash, Southgate added: “These players are putting our country on the map – they are regaining our respectability on the world stage and we must continue to do so.”

One of the crusaders spoke to TalkTV after England’s 6-2 win over Iran on Monday.

The man, who has not been named, said: “The problem is in places like Qatar, the fans are the essence of the game. We are what makes the game.

“It’s not the companies, they help financially in the background, it’s us the fans who make the football and we are the football.”

He said they were staying in the fan park paying £250 a night.

FIFA said: “Crusader costumes in the Arab context can be offensive to Muslims. That’s why anti-discrimination colleagues asked fans to wear things backwards or change their outfits.

Kick It Out, the anti-racism football campaign group, said: “Certain items of clothing, such as costumes depicting knights or crusaders, may not be welcome in Qatar.”

Researcher Robert Carter tweeted: “The outfit, with swords and crosses, is offensive due to the Crusaders’ history of rape, massacre and occupation of Arab lands.”

But some England fans in Qatar have pointed out that a jubilant Saudi fan was apparently allowed to wave a real, metre-long scimitar in jubilation among the crowds outside the stadium after his side’s surprise victory over England. ‘Argentina.

The best-known crusades took place between 1096 and 1291 when Christian armies fought to capture Jerusalem and the surrounding area from Islamic rule.

Footage from Qatar before and after the game against England showed the group dressed as knights chanting God Save the King and storming the stairs on public transport. Some locals appeared shocked by their choice of outfits, while others asked them to pose for selfies.

Meanwhile, bars in Doha are demanding fans wearing traditional Arab robes and headdresses remove them, fearing it will offend locals and insult Islam.

The clothing has become popular with fans and is widely sold in the colors of the teams from the 32 nations participating in the tournament.

The latest incident follows days of mounting criticism for the forceful treatment of fans by Qatari police as the row over LGBT symbols rumbles in the Gulf state.

Qatar officials have repeatedly said that “all are welcome” at the World Cup, despite the fact that same-sex relations remain illegal in the country.

England and other teams planning to wear ‘OneLove’ armbands to make a statement against discrimination at the World Cup in Qatar have also reportedly been ‘blackmailed’ with the threat of ‘massive sporting sanctions’.

And fans and reporters in multiple countries have reported that rainbow-themed items, including T-shirts, bucket hats and flags, have been confiscated by authorities.

The sale of beer was also banned in stadiums in a stunning 11 a.m. U-turn by Qatari officials – leaving many fans furious and FIFA red-faced.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has demanded that all visitors “respect our culture”, with fans expected to abide by the Gulf state’s cultural rules and practices.

WHAT WERE THE CRUSADES?

The Crusades were a series of religious wars fought between 1095 and 1291, in which Christian invaders attempted to lay claim to the Near East.

Nobility are known to have led the Crusades, but historical records lack details of ordinary soldiers who traveled, lived, and died in the Near East.

Pope Urban II launched the First Crusade (1096-1102) to help the Christian Byzantine Empire, which was under attack from the Muslim Seljuk Turks.

The Europeans captured Jerusalem in 1099 and the Muslims quickly united against the Christian invasion.

Muslims firmly controlled Jerusalem in 1291 and it remained in Muslim hands until the 20th century.

The Crusades paved the way for several religious chivalrous military orders, including the Templars, Teutonic Knights, and Hospitallers.

These groups defended the Holy Land and protected pilgrims traveling to and from the region.

The Crusades were a series of religious wars fought between 1095 and 1291, in which Christian invaders attempted to lay claim to the Near East.  Nobility are known to have led the crusades, but historical records lack details of ordinary soldiers (file photo)

The Crusades were a series of religious wars fought between 1095 and 1291, in which Christian invaders attempted to lay claim to the Near East. Nobility are known to have led the crusades, but historical records lack details of ordinary soldiers (file photo)

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