football association of wales The FAW has condemned the removal of rainbow bucket hats from fans ahead of their World Cup opener. United States of americaadding that it was “extremely disappointed” by the reports.
Supporters group The Red Wall produced the hats in partnership with the FAW to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community during the tournament in Qatar. Homosexuality is illegal in the Gulf state and was described as “Mind Damage” by a tournament ambassador ahead of the finals this month.
on Monday englandwales, belgium, Denmark, Germany And this Netherlands left a One Love Initiative In which captains were stipulated to wear rainbow armbands against discrimination. Sources also told ESPN that FIFA has sought Belgium remove the word “love” By the collar of his away shirt.
A statement from the FAW said it would address the matter with FIFA on Tuesday over the removal of fans’ rainbow caps.
“On Monday (21 November) Cymru returned to the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 64 years, a historic moment for the team, the valued fans – The Red Wall / Y Wall Gotch – and the nation,” read a statement from the FAW.
“However, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) is extremely disappointed with reports that Y Wal Goch members, including members of FAW staff, have been asked to remove and discard their Rainbow Wall bucket hats before entering the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium.” was asked for.
“The FAW has gathered information about these alleged incidents and will be addressing the matter directly with FIFA today (22 November).”
The World Cup in Qatar has already been the source of many controversies, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino giving an extraordinary opening speech at the tournament in which he Criticized European countries for their negative discourse around the finals.