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Watch: Wales fans have rainbow bucket hats confiscated before USA match

21 Nov 2022 2 minute read
A rainbow bucket hat. Picture by the Rainbow Wall.

Wales fans wearing rainbow bucket hats have had them confiscated before the match against the USA in Qatar.

Wales’ Rainbow Wall, a group of LGBTQ+ supporters, tweeted that female supporters wearing rainbow bucket hats have had them confiscated before Wales’ match against the USA.

In a tweet posted this evening prior to the USA match the group said: “Our rainbow bucket hat. We are so proud of them, but news on the ground tonight is our welsh female supporters wearing them in #Qatar are having them taken off them, Not the men, just Women.

“@Fifacom are you serious !! #LGBTQRights.”

Laura McAllister, a former Wales captain and Professor at Cardiff University, said that she had also had her rainbow bucket hat taken from her.

PA news agency understands a US supporter was also threatened on the Metro travelling to the stadium for carrying a small rainbow flag.

A man who appeared to be a Qatar supporter threatened the man, and was saying the flag “was not allowed”.

“We have our own culture”, he added. Wales and US fans, as well as Qatari security guards, intervened to protect the fan carrying the flag, which is a symbol of LGBTQ+ rights and pride.

The move comes after football associations were told that those wearing ‘One Love’ armbands could be booked for doing so.

It means that Gareth Bale would not Wales will not wear the anti-discrimination armband in their World Cup match against the USA.

A joint statement from seven European nations who had signed up to the ‘One Love’ campaign – which included Wales and England – confirmed they had asked for the armbands to no longer be worn.

“FIFA has been very clear that it will impose sporting sanctions if our captains wear the armbands on the field of play,” the statement began.

“As national federations, we can’t put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions, including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
15 days ago

Bucket hats confiscated and no match on BBC Wales telly WTF !

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
15 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Why would any civilised person ever go to that natural, cultural and moral wasteland for anything ever again except as a punishment.
Alongside the LGBT issue, did you know a Qatari woman was recently “found guilty” of being raped!
You have to hope that Climate change will drown the dump.
Even Cruella Braverman would not dream of deporting refugees there.

George Thomas
George Thomas
15 days ago

I think we can, and need to, criticise the cultural and political vileness without going as far to say whole place is a dump and wanting it wiped out.

Don’t forget that Qatar is in the news because of the World Cup but there are many, many countries doing similar things under the radar.

CJPh
CJPh
15 days ago
Reply to  George Thomas

Agreed. The government and any citizen who upholds their vile positions, fine. But not Qatar as a whole. I’m sure there are many individuals there who don’t support those who run the nation, and plenty of aspects of Qatari culture worth upholding. No need for ad hominems… Or, ad patriems (?)

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
15 days ago
Reply to  George Thomas

I stand by my comments. The decent citizens and the oppressed citizens would be better off without living in that wasteland, under the brutal hand of those untrustworthy prehistoric freaks, whose murder of innocents they paint as their “culture”. But to be honest I have similar feelings about disUK plc on any given day. And push my opinions into a latinised fallacious reasoning pigeonhole if you want. I’m not offended. Many people need pigeonholes. I’m a bit narked by the dismissive “this happens in other countries too” because 1. Do you not think I know? I could name most of… Read more »

Last edited 15 days ago by Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
John
15 days ago

You do put it so well. Again, thanks.

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
15 days ago

Oh, I thought you were talking about the BBC there for a second. “Cultural and moral wasteland”! 

John
15 days ago

Well said. Thanks

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
15 days ago

So the Qataris and FIFA are adding theft to their crimes.
Welsh FA cowardice aside, just go win this whole fkn thing and leave the dustbowl forever

Last edited 15 days ago by Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Cawr
Cawr
15 days ago

Based

CJPh
CJPh
15 days ago
Reply to  Cawr

As a person who worries about the undue influence of and detriment caused by critical Marxism on education, medicine and culture -including queer theory, (not ‘queer’ people – ugh, still feels like a slur – of course, most of whom are starting to get quite irked at the self-anointed ‘activists’ who they don’t know, don’t like and hope stop assuming that all LGBT people are the same), you’d think I’d approve of this comment. I don’t. At all. Freedom of expression, especially protest and forms of thought that lay outside the majority view, are to be protected at all costs.… Read more »

Last edited 15 days ago by CJPh
Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
15 days ago

Absolutely deplorable. Best response would be for our wonderful supporters in qatar to belt out the famous Tom Robinson song at Wales’ next game 😉

Sanctimonious Open Borders Remainer
Sanctimonious Open Borders Remainer
15 days ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

As an Islington based Remainer who does not believe in borders, I’m shocked at the racism and Islamophobia on view here.

John
15 days ago

Fifa stinks. What are they all afraid of. Stupid.

CJPh
CJPh
15 days ago

Cymru am byth

Last edited 15 days ago by CJPh
Stevie B
Stevie B
14 days ago

Laura McAllister knew exactly what she was doing, it was an act of provocation to the Qataris. We should let people in other countries lead the lives they want to lead and not interfere. Personally, I find much about the Qatari regime abhorrent – I am a passionate supporter of LGBTQ+ rights. However in my opinion what Laura McAllister did was wrong, it was disrespectful to the people of Qatar. Who are we to judge those in another country?

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