DOHA: Qatar’s nationwide workforce might face disciplinary motion from FIFA after gamers warmed up for a World Cup qualifier towards South Korea on Tuesday in T-shirts displaying help for the nation’s emir.
The gamers ready for the essential recreation right here sporting white shirts emblazoned with a profile portrait of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
The picture has grow to be a extensively-used image of defiance by Qataris in response to the present diplomatic disaster within the Gulf which has seen Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and others minimize all ties with Doha.
The T-shirt was additionally waved by attacking midfielder Hasan Al-Haydos after he put the Qataris 1-zero forward from a free-kick within the twenty fifth minute.
After scoring, Haydos sprinted to the touchline and held up a T-shirt to the gang.
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup finals.
FIFA bans any unsanctioned political, spiritual or business messages on shirts.
Earlier this week in response to the Gulf disaster, FIFA president Gianni Infantino stated soccer’s governing physique does “not intrude in geopolitics” and gave his help for the 2022 event going forward in Qatar.
Afterwards, Qatar’s Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati defended his gamers after which condemned the “ridiculous state of affairs” of the “blockade” on the emirate.
“I don’t see one thing that may obtain a punishment as it’s a T-shirt with an image of the emir,” he stated.
“It doesn’t say something towards anyone.” He added: “I can’t agree with the blockade that’s towards the individuals, towards the households, many households are broken, they actually don’t deserve this.”
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