Wales ask FIFA why rainbow hats were removed from fans at the World Cup

Wales ask FIFA why rainbow hats were removed from fans at the World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Football Association of Wales says it has asked FIFA for clarification on reports that some Wales fans were banned from taking rainbow-colored hats into the World Cup stadium.

The Welsh FA said they were involved in making hats for fans in Qatar, which started against the United States on Monday.

The image of the rainbow, a symbol of LGBTQ rights, is controversial in a country where homosexuality is a crime.

“Fans and some staff have been asked to remove and leave their rainbow bucket hats before entering the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium,” the Wales FA said in a statement on Tuesday.

“(The federation) has gathered information about these alleged incidents and will take up the matter directly with FIFA.”

FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In April, a senior Qatari security official overseeing preparations for the tournament suggested that fans remove rainbow flags to protect against potential attacks.

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