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England fans warned over Saint George Costumes at World Cup in Qatar

English patron saint costume ‘offensive’

England fans at tending the World Cup on Qatar have been warned that dressing up as Saint George is ‘offensive’  to muslims by anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out. 

 

Footage circulating online appears to show two men dressed as the English patron saint having trouble entering a football stadium. 

A spokesperson for KIO has said that the charity would “advise fans who are attending FIFA World Cup matches that certain attire, such as fancy-dress costumes representing knights or crusaders, may not be welcomed in Qatar and other Islamic countries.”

The statement continues that, “Foreign Office travel advice issued before the tournament expressed that fans should familiarise themselves with local customs, and we would encourage fans to take this approach.”

The Telegraph reports the head of supporter engagement at the Football Supporters Association,  Ashley Brown, saying,  “the supporters had likely been “naive” rather then intentionally offensive or Islamophobic.”

Adding, “I think it’s naivety rather than anything intentional. They’re dressing as St George, the patron saint, but perhaps they don’t really understand the implication of what they’re wearing,” 

Dressing up as Saint George is a long standing tradition among English sports fans, but is apparently not immune to accusations of ‘wrong think’. 

 

 

The German football team reportedly  protested FIFA banning of their lgbt inclusive ‘one love’ armbands by covering their mouths before their playoff against Japan which they ultimately lost. 

 

CBS News reported Germany coach Hansi Flick saying,  “It was a sign from the team, from us, that FIFA is muzzling us,” before his team lost the game  2-1.

Team captain Manuel Neuer said, “We may have our bands taken away from us, but we’ll never let our voices be taken from us,” Neuer said. “We stand for human rights. That’s what we wanted to show. We may have been silenced by FIFA regarding the captain’s armbands, but we always stand for our values.”

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